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The most important thing is to tell someone, if you do not feel comfortable telling your parents/guardians or a teacher, perhaps try an uncle, auntie or a family friend. They will be able to talk it over with you and perhaps help you tell your parents. Once it is out in the open and someone knows about it, things can start to improve.

It is very important that eventually you or your parents tell the school what is happening. The school have a duty to make sure no harm comes to you whilst you are in their care. You can discuss with the teachers what you want to do next and what is best to make the problem better for you.

There are many organisations that offer help and support for you and you can talk to specially trained counsellors about the problems you are having. They will offer you advice on what to do, who to tell and how to tell them. It is sometimes easier to talk to a stranger than a friend or your parents.


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