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If you could see yourself, would you see rape?

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Sex with someone who doesn't want to is rape.

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  • robyn

    12/12/2012

    A couple a weeks ago i was raped by a boy im only 15 and everytime i watch this i cry and think of what has happened to me.

    i finally was only able to tell me school about it yesterday and my mum today.

    The school has given me a lot of support but my mum doesnt seem to care to much i dont know what to do..

    I hate trying to hide behind something that i am not. Im a very depressed person but just hiding behind a fake smile making everyone think i am strong that i am ok after going through this.

    Help

    Reply

    robyn - 12/12/2012

    • Hi Robyn,

      Thank you for posting.

      Being forced or pressured to have sex when you don’t want to is rape and it is a crime.

      Understand that this was not your fault. There was nothing you could have done to prevent this. If this has happened to you, try and find someone you trust to talk to. It could be a teacher, a parent or other relative, a close friend, a youth worker or anyone else that you feel comfortable with. It doesn't have to be someone in authority, just someone that you think you can talk to and that you trust.

      If they don't want to listen, keep trying until you find someone that does. You have the right to be safe and help and support is out there.

      You can also call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem or go to www.childline.org.uk where you can contact ChildLine by email and text, chat to a counsellor online or post to the message boards.

      Alternatively you can call National Freephone Rape Crisis Helpline to talk to an advisor on 0808 802 9999, 7 days a week between 12pm – 2.30pm and 7pm – 9.30pm. Or you can visit www.rapecrisis.org.uk for further advice and information.

      You can also speak to the police. Most police forces have specially trained police officers to help people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. If you ever feel that you are in immediate danger, call the police on 999.

      Tempero Moderation 13/12/2012

  • Flora

    11/12/2012

    I hope this affects those who have raped someone as much as those who have been raped. I've been assaulted (although not as part of a relationship), and I've been very close to people who are victims of sexual abuse, and seeing the advert made me kind of seize up and feel everything I try not to feel anymore.. like a big reminder in my face so I'd think about what happened again. I hope it makes rapists and ordinary people think as much as it makes victims think, and I'm not sure if it can :S

    Reply

    Flora - 11/12/2012

    • Hi Flora

      Thank you for your feedback, we are sorry to hear that you find the advert distressing.

      We do realise that this is an extremely sensitive subject. We also realise that the advert is confrontational and difficult to watch, this is because it’s a very real representation of a very real problem.

      Research shows that there are large numbers of teenagers (both male and female) who view this sort of behaviour as normal and/or just something that you put up with.

      Our objective for this campaign is to improve understanding of what is and isn’t acceptable sexual behaviour, thereby helping people to recognise and name sexual abuse and rape as such.

      The advert was developed with the help of several charities who work with people who have been affected by this issue and was also extensively researched with young people prior to being made.

      The reason for it being shown on national television is an attempt to reach as many people as possible, creating national awareness of a national problem. We have already seen, in the response to the advert on this website, that it is proving helpful in enabling young people to rethink their attitudes towards rape.

      We are truly sorry to hear of your distress but hope that you can appreciate the need to address this very serious issue.

      Tempero Moderation 12/12/2012

  • connor

    11/12/2012

    it is horrible i hate it , it makes me sick

    Reply

    connor - 11/12/2012

    • Hi Connor,

      Thanks for your message. It' s unclear if you've been a victim of abuse, but if you have, you've done the right thing by reaching out. Please don't leave it there - try and find someone you trust to talk to.

      It could be a teacher, a parent or other relative, a close friend, a youth worker or anyone else that you feel comfortable with. It doesn't have to be someone in authority, just someone that you think you can confide in.

      If they don't want to listen, keep trying until you find someone that does. You have the right to be safe and help and support is out there.

      You can also call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem or go to www.childline.org.uk where you can contact ChildLine by email and text, chat to a counsellor online or post to the message boards.

      Alternatively you can call National Freephone Rape Crisis Helpline to talk to an advisor on 0808 802 9999, 7 days a week between 12pm – 2.30pm and 7pm – 9.30pm. If you ever feel that you are in immediate danger, call the police on 999.

      You can also speak to the police. Most police forces have specially trained police officers to help people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. If you ever feel that you are in immediate danger, call the police on 999.

      You can find out more about rape and sexual assault here: http://thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk/worried-about-abuse/view/rape-sexual-assult

      Good luck and stay safe.

      Tempero Moderation 12/12/2012

  • G.A.B.S

    11/12/2012

    my girlfriend, early this year got close to being rapped. she dos not want to tell anyone and i'ved told her that it would be a good idea. we are both 15. she did kick the person in between the legs, but he has came back and hit her or somthing like that.what should we do. i think shes scared that she will get in truble for hurt him.

    Reply

    G.A.B.S - 11/12/2012

    • Hi G.A.B.S

      Being forced or pressured to have sex when someone doesn’t want to is rape and it is a crime. Speak to your girlfriend and help them understand that what this boy tried to do was not her fault and there was nothing she could have done to prevent his attention.

      You should encourage her to call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to talk about the problem or go to www.childline.org.uk where you they can contact ChildLine by email and text, chat to a counsellor online or post to the message boards.

      Alternatively, you can call the National Freephone Rape Crisis Helpline to talk to an advisor on 0808 802 9999, 7 days a week between 12pm – 2.30pm and 7pm – 9.30pm. If you ever feel that you are in immediate danger, call the police on 999.

      Tempero Moderation 11/12/2012

  • Joy

    10/12/2012

    Well have been assaulted before, and I never wanna talk about it cause I know others have been through worse... And sometimes I get confused cause I think about it soo much I don't know anymore if it was a dream or not..

    Everything all happened when I was young but I do know its not a dream.. But at d same time I wonder maybe am just been cruel and imagining things.... And something has also happened to me off resent..

    And they were'nt things I like, or wanted but to please the person I allowed him(my ex).. And I still remember and now it gets me scared... I used to have bad dreams all the time and now I have a bf but sometimes I get scared when he comes near me.. I don't mean too.. I am just worried x_x and confused! I don't know if am doing things intentionally or not.....

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    Joy - 10/12/2012

    • Hi Joy

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      We are sorry to hear about this traumatic incident from your past. We think it is important that painful though it is, and even though this may have happened some time ago, that you should try to speak to someone about what you have been through.

      Being forced or pressured to have sex when you don’t want to is rape and it is a crime. Understand that this was not your fault. There was nothing you could have done to prevent this.

      If this has happened to you no matter how long ago please try and confide in someone you trust. It could be a teacher, a parent or other relative, a close friend, a youth worker or anyone else that you feel comfortable with. It doesn't have to be someone in authority, just someone that you think you can talk to and that you feel comfortable with.

      If they don't want to listen, keep trying until you find someone that does. You have the right to be safe and help and support is out there.

      You can also call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem or go to www.childline.org.uk where you can contact ChildLine by email and text, chat to a counsellor online or post to the message boards.

      Alternatively you can call National Freephone Rape Crisis Helpline to talk to an advisor on 0808 802 9999, 7 days a week between 12pm – 2.30pm and 7pm – 9.30pm.

      You can also speak to the police. Most police forces have specially trained police officers to help people who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

      If you ever feel that you are in immediate danger, call the police on 999.

      Tempero Moderation 11/12/2012

  • lucy

    10/12/2012

    if you're sexting someone and sending indecent photo's then meet up with them and they rape you, can it really be seen as rape as you kinda led them on?

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    lucy - 10/12/2012

    • Hi Lucy,

      A lot of people who have experienced all kinds of abuse will blame themselves. However, the responsibility lies solely with the abuser, never with you. This can be hard to get your head around.

      Just because you sent images of yourself to another person, does not mean you were complicit in this, or that you gave permission to be raped. You were not consenting, and you had every right to say no. Please remember, you have nothing to feel ashamed or guilty about.

      Being forced or pressured to have sex when you don’t want to is rape and it is a crime. If this has happened to you no matter how long ago, please try and find someone you trust to talk to. It could be a teacher, a parent or other relative, a close friend, a youth worker or anyone else that you feel comfortable with. It doesn't have to be someone in authority, just someone that you think you can talk to and trust.

      You can also call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem or go to www.childline.org.uk where you can contact ChildLine by email and text, chat to a counsellor online or post to the message boards.

      Alternatively, you can call National Freephone Rape Crisis Helpline to talk to an advisor on 0808 802 9999, 7 days a week between 12pm – 2.30pm and 7pm – 9.30pm.

      You can also speak to the police. Most police forces have specially trained police officers to help people who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

      Tempero Moderation 11/12/2012

  • Clo

    10/12/2012

    I am 14 and when i was 7, my mum had some friends round one of their daughters were my best friends, we known each other since we was 4, but that night we was playing upstairs and her brother came up, he was 10 at the time, but he kept playing hide and seek with us and he hid with me he kept lying on me and making me put my hands down his trousers, i didnt know what to do.

    This went on for about 3 months but everytime he did it he told me not to tell anyone because they wont like me after, so i didnt. I am still intouch with my friend now and sometimes stay at hers, her brother is sometimes there but he hardley looks at me and he hasnt tried it again, i havent told her bout it, i only told 1 of my best friends but we havent spoke much about it ? what shell i do ?

    i feel he cant remember ??

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    Clo - 10/12/2012

    • Hi Clo,

      It must have been difficult for you to confront what happened all those years ago. Being forced or pressured to have sex or take part in sexual activity that you don’t feel comfortable with is unacceptable. Understand that this was not your fault. There was nothing you could have done to prevent this.

      We think it is important that even though this is in your past, that you should try to speak to someone if you can.

      You mention that you have confided in a friend, but you might find that you benefit from seeking professional help and advice in addressing something so traumatic.

      You can call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem or go to www.childline.org.uk where you can contact ChildLine by email and text, chat to a counsellor online or post to the message boards.

      Alternatively you can call National Freephone Rape Crisis Helpline to talk to an advisor on 0808 802 9999, 7 days a week between 12pm – 2.30pm and 7pm – 9.30pm.

      You can also speak to the police. Most police forces have specially trained police officers to help people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. .

      Tempero Moderation 11/12/2012

  • J

    10/12/2012

    I'm 17 now and one day at school my best friend came up to me to invite me round her house for a study night, of course i accepted and we had our study night, but while my friend had gone shopping with her mum she left me alone with her older brother, he started kissing me and then he took me to his room he then said i love you and then got really close and started undressing me......

    After i was undressed he asked me to do the same:/ I felt really awkward and didn't know what to do. He obviously got the message from my face and he went to lock the door, thats when it started....

    He came up really close to me and said we are going to have sex. I disagreed, he didn't listen. He afterwards told me he didn't use protection and wanted to do it again.That's when i ran. I don't know what to do I'm 17 and pregnant:(:/

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    J - 10/12/2012

    • Hi J,

      Thanks for your message, we're sorry to hear what happened to you.

      Being forced or pressured to have sex or take part in sexual activity that you don’t feel comfortable with is unacceptable. Understand that this was not your fault. Your friend's brother abused your trust when you were vulnerable.

      It's crucial you now try and find someone you trust to talk to about the attack and about your urgent medical concerns. It could be a teacher, a parent or other relative, a close friend, a youth worker or anyone else that you feel comfortable with. It doesn't have to be someone in authority, just someone that you think you confide in.

      If they don't want to listen, keep trying until you find someone that does. You have the right to be safe and help and support is out there.

      You can also call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem or go to www.childline.org.uk where you can contact ChildLine by email and text, chat to a counsellor online or post to the message boards.

      Alternatively you can call the National Freephone Rape Crisis Helpline to talk to an advisor on 0808 802 9999, 7 days a week between 12pm – 2.30pm and 7pm – 9.30pm. Or you can visit www.rapecrisis.org.uk for further advice and information.

      If you have been sexually assaulted, you can also speak to the police. Most police forces have specially trained police officers who can help. You can contact the police immediately by dialling 999.

      Tempero Moderation 11/12/2012

  • Jennifer

    10/12/2012

    It's wrong to see other people go through it and it is hard to accept that some boys out there are not well they really do have a problem it is just sick

    Reply

    Jennifer - 10/12/2012

  • E

    09/12/2012

    Right, I am really stuck on what to do!:/ Me and my best friend were at this party ( we are both 14, i was not drinking but nearly everyone else was including her). We met my friend and her boyfriend there. We wanted to talk so we went upstairs into the spare room talked but nothing else and then we stayed together for the rest of the night, then went home together because my best friend was drunk.

    The next day i got a message from her saying to meet her at the police station so i did. She told me that her boyfriend had raped her when they were in the room. I Dont know what to do, they are both my friends and we only talked in that room nothing else all night.

    She was drunk but me and him had had nothing to drink. I personally believe he is Innocent , But she is my bestfriend....Help!:/

    Reply

    E - 09/12/2012

    • Hi E

      I don't think that they quite understood your problem - I read it as meaning your drunk friend is reporting an incident you believe did not happen? I'm not a professional or anything, but what I would do would be to talk to my friend and ask her when it actually took place, because you were with her all night.

      She might be reporting another occasion and have only had the confidence to the day after the party, or maybe it happened that night when you stepped out to use the bathroom.

      At the end of the day you have to give her the benefit of the doubt (because it takes a pretty sick person to pretend something like this happened to them). Just make sure you always tell the truth to the best of your knowledge.

      That's all you can really do in your position, unfortunately.

      Emily - 13/12/2012

    • Hi E,

      Thanks for your message. Being forced or pressured to have sex when someone doesn’t want to is rape and it is a crime. Speak to your friend and help them understand that this was not their fault and there was nothing they could have done to prevent this.

      You should encourage your friend to call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to talk about the problem or go to www.childline.org.uk where you they can contact ChildLine by email and text, chat to a counsellor online or post to the message boards.

      Alternatively you can call National Freephone Rape Crisis Helpline to talk to an advisor on 0808 802 9999, 7 days a week between 12pm – 2.30pm and 7pm – 9.30pm.

      Tempero Moderation 10/12/2012

  • ANON

    07/12/2012

    Okay, this is really hard for me to come out and say this even on a website...

    Okay so when i was 8, i always used to go to my dads on a weekend and my dads next door neighbours were so so close to us all (my dads side) and one day, i went over their house and me and one of the youngest brothers who was 9 (he was my most trusted friend and my closest friend from their family) were in his room together, we always used to play fight, and then we used to jump on the bed...

    After the playing etc... He sat beside me and we spoke for a little while, then i layed down and he led beside me and started touching me, At a young age i thought this was normal... Then all of a sudden he started to strip me from my hips down and he was licking my... you know and i thought it was completley normal, i went back round to my dads feeling guilty and strange. Also another incident happened during the visits...

    The older brother who was 17 at the time, I remember playing on the gamecube and he came and sat behind me with his arms round me and i trusted him. Then i suddenly felt his hands slip down my trousers and he was feeling me, i was scared but i didnt know what to do because i was too scared :( i went back home crying and my dad asked what was wrong and i just lied and said im tired and me and my friend argued about a game..... Now im 15 AND i still have not told anybody in my family...

    What should i do because everytime i see the oldest brother i cringe and i get all anxious. I lay there at night thinking if they remember what happened too? Please help :(

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    ANON - 07/12/2012

    • tell someone please im 13 and i have been raped 17 times please please please tell someone im pregnant on my 5 child and im 13 please dont let you get yourself like this!!!

      sophie - 08/12/2012

    • Hi Anon

      Being forced or pressured to have sex or take part in sexual activity that you don’t feel comfortable with is unacceptable. Understand that this was not your fault. There was nothing you could have done to prevent this.

      If you are being put under pressure to have sex when you don’t want to try and find someone you trust to talk to. It could be a teacher, a parent or other relative, a close friend, a youth worker or anyone else that you feel comfortable with. It doesn't have to be someone in authority, just someone that you think you can talk to and that you feel comfortable with and trust.

      If they don't want to listen, keep trying until you find someone that does. You have the right to be safe and help and support is out there.

      You can also call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem or go to www.childline.org.uk where you can contact ChildLine by email and text, chat to a counsellor online or post to the message boards.

      Alternatively you can call National Freephone Rape Crisis Helpline to talk to an advisor on 0808 802 9999, 7 days a week between 12pm – 2.30pm and 7pm – 9.30pm. Or you can visit www.rapecrisis.org.uk for further advice and information.

      If you have been sexually assaulted you can also speak to the police. Most police forces have specially trained police officers who can help. You can contact the police immediately by dialling 999.

      Tempero Moderation 08/12/2012

  • gannga

    07/12/2012

    my boyfriend is always trying to have sex to much so i don't know what to do he gets very very hourney

    Reply

    gannga - 07/12/2012

    • Hi Gannga,

      Thank you for posting.

      It does not matter if you are in a relationship with someone or if they are a stranger. When someone makes you do something you do not want to do, it means you are not consenting and it is rape. It also does not matter if you start out by saying yes and then change your mind, or if you feel like you have 'given in'. It is also never OK to make someone feel bad if they don't want to have sex as this is a form of emotional abuse.

      Tempero Moderation 07/12/2012

  • raj

    06/12/2012

    i have a female friend at school and iknow its weird for guys to be in this position but she sometimes goes too far when she wants to 'have a laugh' , for instance once at the cinemas a simple play fight turned into much more as she proceeded to put her hands down the back of my jeans and attempt to pull my boxers down, i didnt say anything because i thought she would say something , i dont know how to tell her it got to me

    Reply

    raj - 06/12/2012

    • Hi Raj,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Being forced or pressured to take part in sexual activity that you don’t feel comfortable with is unacceptable. This was not your fault. You say you're worried how your friend will respond, that she will somehow blame you for your reaction to her prank. This is normal - a lot of people who have experienced this kind of breach of trust will blame themselves.

      However, the responsibility lies solely with your friend, and she needs to know she was in the wrong. It's difficult to draw a line with a friend who has behaved inappropriately;
      It might help to try and find someone you trust to talk to. It could be a teacher, a parent or other relative, a close friend, a youth worker or anyone else that you feel comfortable with. It doesn't have to be someone in authority, just someone that you think you can talk to and that you trust.

      If they don't want to listen, keep trying until you find someone that does. You have the right to be safe and secure in your friendships.

      You can also call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem or go to www.childline.org.uk where you can contact ChildLine by email and text, chat to a counsellor online or post to the message boards.

      Tempero Moderation 07/12/2012

  • BB

    06/12/2012

    I followed a link here from a discussion on a different site and I just want to say that I think it's really good that you're running this campaign.

    I'm a guy, and so far I've lived by the rule of "no means no". I also know that for a lot of guys figuring out the yeses, noes and maybees of girls can be quite tricky and that when you are drunk or otherwise intoxicated boundaries can blur.

    But I know girls who have been treated badly, and been forced to do stuff against their will, and that is a crime, simple as.

    So that is the basic lesson, that if she says no, you stop, that's essential. If she likes you, there will always be another day/night. If she doesn't, then that "no" means what it says on the tin, and yo are better off not being a idiot.

    Keep up the good work

    Reply

    BB - 06/12/2012

  • Dee

    05/12/2012

    Hi, really great ad and campaign, but maybe a warning that it can be very triggering? Just for people watching it for the first time? Well done though x

    Reply

    Dee - 05/12/2012

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