What should I do? – Child/youth

"I'm NOT what I did."

Ask for help if you need it


The main thing to remember is, except for a small minority of extreme cases, many people who sexually abuse will stop their abusive behaviour if they get proper specialised clinical help. Recent research in New Zealand show that a vast majority do NOT cause further sexual harm after completing treatment, with only 2% of adolescents and 5% of adults re-offending*.


Specialist clinical treatment provides children, youth, their families and others involved in their lives with the awareness and skills to prevent further problematic, concerning or harmful sexual behaviours so they can go on to live constructive lives.


SAFE provides specialised treatment services to children, youth and adults who are causing harm to 17 year olds or under. If you need help resetting your life's course, click here to contact SAFE.

If you think you or someone you know need help, contact SAFE. If anyone you know is in immediate danger, don't hesitate to ring the Police on 111.


*From Ian Lambie's research, "Getting it right An evaluation of New Zealand community treatment programmes for adolescents who sexually offend, 2007".