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One in two children in India has been subjected to some form of sexual abuse. Sadly, 50% of abusers are persons known to the child or someone whom the child trusts.

Take a Step gives awareness to children and empowers them to protect themselves from sexual abuse and exploitation. We raise awareness in the Schools, communities and general public to address values, attitudes and behaviours which condone sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

Sexual Abuse

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If you've been sexually abused, or know somebody who has, we're here to help. On this page you'll find information about what you can do, who you can talk to and where to find the support you need.

What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse is when someone is forced, pressurised or tricked into taking part in any kind of sexual activity with another person.

Examples of sexual abuse include



  • being touched in a way you don't like without giving permission or consent

  • someone flashing or exposing themselves to you online or offline

  • being forced to have sex (intercourse), look at sexual pictures or videos, do something sexual or watch someone do something sexual.



Sexual abuse can include lots of things like rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment, online grooming and domestic abuse or violence



It can also include sexual exploitation (being pressure into having sex with someone in return for getting something like money or drugs), sexting or child pornography.

6 facts about sexual abuse:

  • sexual abuse can happen to both girls and boys

  • someone could be sexually abused by a stranger, somebody you love and trust or a boyfriend or girlfriend

  • someone could be sexually abused by a person of the same sex

  • sexual abuse isn’t always ‘full sex’ – it can also include touching, kissing, oral sex or anything sexual

  • sexual abuse can happen online as well as offline

  • you're not alone and there are people who can help you.

Relationship, Presured sex

      Forced to have




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  • Pick somebody you trust
    Speaking up about sexual abuse is a brave and difficult thing to do. They could be a grandparent, neighbour, a friend’s parent, teacher, religious leader or doctor. Find out more about asking an adult for help.
  • Write it down
    Talking about abuse can be upsetting but it’s important that you tell them as much as you can about what’s been happening – you could try writing it down in a letter instead.
  • Get support
    If you have a close friend, you could ask them to be there when you tell somebody.
  • Know that we are always here for you
    You can contact us on 7447774470 Sexual abuse is one of the hardest things to talk about. It can make you feel afraid, isolated or ashamed. But it's never your fault and it's never too late to tell someone. There are people who can help you. If you're finding it hard to talk about what happened, you can try expressing yourself at our blog.


Sexual abuse is wrong. It doesn’t matter how many times it happened, how long ago, or whether they were male or female, it's still important that you get the help and support you need. It's never too late to tell somebody.
If it’s happening to you, we can help. Call us on 7447774470, or talk online our 1-2-1 counsellor will help you. If you call us you could say “somebody is making me do something which I don’t like.” You don’t need to say who it is. The counsellor will want to understand what’s been happening for you and they might ask some questions. But it’s okay to say you don’t want to answer any questions you’re not comfortable with.

Join hands with Take a Step India to put an end to Sexual Abuse.

 I Pledge ₹ 950.00 every month

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