Child abuse is when abuse or violence happens to a minor. No matter who is doing it, the law protects you and your baby from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, harassment, domestic violence, and stalking.
Domestic violence happens when someone harms you (for example, hits, kicks, hurts, scares, throws things, pulls hair, pushes, follows, harasses, sexually assaults, etc.) or threatens to harm you.
Dating violence is a form of domestic violence when the person you are dating hurts or threatens you. Dating violence includes physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
Sexual assault is someone forcing or pressuring you into sexual activity.
Rape is one kind of sexual assault. Rape means forcing someone to have sexual intercourse.
If you are raped, get help as soon as you can. Call 911 and go to the nearest hospital. You can also take additional steps to get care after a rape.
If you are raped and worried about getting pregnant, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. Go get help immediately and get yourself to a hospital or health care provider.
If someone makes you feel afraid, there are laws to protect you.
If you’re worried about being hurt, first make sure you are safe.
Mandated reporters must tell the police or CPS if they “reasonably suspect” child abuse. Child abuse can mean physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and sometimes even sex that you agreed to have.
You do not have to answer their questions. But you can if you want to.