"A mob is a group of persons with heads but no brains." - Jetli
Violence or abuse is never okay. No one, whether they are a child or an adult, has the right to cause you physical or emotional pain, or behave in any way towards you that makes you feel uncomfortable. Getting the right kind of help can provide you with the support you need to help the abuse stop.
Violence may be gender based, dating, physicsal, psychological, sexual, moral, or domestic, just to name a few.
Violence is a crime. Physical assault, sexual assault, harassment and uttering threats are criminal actions. No one has the right to harm you or your family, or cause you to live in fear.
Assault includes being hit, shoved, or pushed without your permission.
Sexual assault is any sexual act that was forced upon you or you were pressured to take part in. This includes unwanted sexual touching.
Uttering threats involves any threat against you, your family, or your property.
Criminal harassment is often called stalking. It involves any actino that you don't want and causes you to fear for your safety. Common forms of criminial harassment are when somebody follows yo; calls you at home, at a friend's house or at your workplace; or watches your home or workplace.
Where to get help:
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Guidance Counsellor or Teacher
Trust Family Member
What you can do:
Find somebody who you trust to tell. Tell a rusted adult who can keep you safe. Take your time and try to explain how you or another person has been hurt. Try writing things down, using the phone, or sending an email (it is normal to find talking face to face difficult). If the person hurting you or somebody you know is in your family , tell somebody outside the family.
The follow links deal with violence.
Kids Help Phone - Canada's only toll-free, 24-hour, anonymous phone counselling for children and youth.
Break the Cycle - Empowering youth to break the cycle of domestic violence.
Safe Youth - A federal resource for professionals, parents, and youth working to prevent violence committed by and against young people.
Victim Services Newfoundland - Assaulted, threatened, or harassed? Find the information you need.
Public Health - Violence affects our health in many ways. Violence can be physical, verbal, emotional and sexual.
Violence Prevention Newfoundland - Newfoundland and Labrador's violence prevention initiative.
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction." - E. F. Schumacher