Know that what you’ve experienced, or are experiencing, is not your fault. No one has the right to touch your body in ways that make you feel uncomfortable, unsafe, or in pain. And no one — including a boyfriend, girlfriend, teacher, parent, relative, or friend — should tease, taunt, manipulate, or hurt you. If they do, it’s not your fault; it’s theirs. Know too that you’re not alone. 44% of survivors of sexual assault are under the age of 18. There are resources here, here and here for teenage survivors of dating violence and sexual assault.

Good people to talk to can include family, friends, a partner or significant other, a therapist or guidance counselor, or a teacher. Follow the links below to check out our tips on starting these conversations, as well as information on mandatory reporting obligations. Ask people you trust to help you develop a safety plan, as outlined here at

We are not lawyers, and the information on this website does not constitute legal advice. We encourage you to contact a lawyer to discuss your complaint or suit.