If you think watching porn – or someone else’s use of porn – has impacted on you in ways you don’t like, or you feel upset, worried or hurt by anything you’ve seen, you don’t need to deal with it alone.
Share what’s going on
When things are hard, it’s really normal to feel nervous about talking to others about it – but it’s good to get support. Find someone you trust and talk to them about it. You could try a parent, relative, family friend, counsellor, youth worker or doctor: anyone who will listen, care for you, and offer support. Whatever you would like support with, there are people who will be able to help. So, hang in there.
Here are some places you can get some ideas and information:
- Who can I talk to?
- How can I look after myself online?
- How do I deal with offensive or illegal content?
- What if I’m being pressured to send nudes?
esafety.gov.au/young-people/being-pressured-to-send-nudes or www.kidshelp.com.au/teens/get-info/hot-topics/sexting.php
- What if someone has shared a sexual image of me without my consent?
- What if someone sends me unwanted nudes?
- How do I deal with pressure to have sex?
- What if I have been forced to have sex?
lovegoodbadugly.com/unwanted-sex-and-rape. For information about Australian sexual assault services, see respect.gov.au/services/
- How do I deal with feeling like I use porn more than I want to and I can’t stop?
thelightproject.co.nz/need-help/i-need-help/ or intheknow.co.nz
- Where can I find more information about where I can get help?