Getting help to stop the abuse

Stop the abuse

Abuse is not just unkind and hurtful, it is also against the law. In South Africa, our law promises that every child under the age of 18 has the right to be protected and to feel safe. This means that the police and the government should protect you.


If you are feeling scared and think that one of the four kinds of abuse (physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect) is happening to you, speak to an adult that you trust. Call Childline on 08000 55555; tell a teacher, nurse or counsellor at the clinic or report the abuse at the police station.


It’s not easy to tell somebody what is going on. You have to be brave and strong to share something that feels very private, especially if the person hurting you is in your family. But telling someone is the first step you can take to make the abuse stop.


Remember this:
  • If you are being abused it can never be your fault, even if the abuser tells you that it is your fault.
  • An abuser may ask you to keep it a secret. But you should never let abuse be a secret between you and the abuser.
  • Tell an adult that you trust each time the abuse happens. Sometimes adults may not want to believe what you are telling them. But keep telling people what has happened until someone believes you and knows how to help you.

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B-Wise User katleho 27 June 2017 18:56

I have been abuse by my brother he always tells me bad languages and tells me how bad iam.And today he beat me and kick me like an ball and right knw iam in bed i tryed to call both my parentse bt still they dnt hear any to me and they are avoiding my calls and please call?pls i need help asap

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 June 2017 12:45

Hi katleho, what a terrible thing to go through! If you’re hurt or injured you should go to your nearest clinic or hospital to get treatment. If you can’t get there, call 10177 from a landline or cellphone or 112 from a cellphone for an ambulance. If your brother is bullying you a lot, you don’t have to go through this alone. Speak to any trusted adult you can find – if you can’t reach family, tell a teacher, social worker or nurse. Childline on 08000 55 555 can also help. Remember, just because a bully says something doesn’t make it true.