When to get help

You can choose when you're ready to ask for help if you've experienced sexual abuse or assault.

Get help when you're ready

The effects of sexual abuse or assault can be wide-ranging and may be physical, emotional, psychological or behavioural. It can affect us differently at different times in our lives.

There's no one right time to get help. The most important thing is that when you feel ready you can get started with the support that's right for you.

If you start therapy and find the timing isn't right, there's no pressure to stick with it. You can come back when you feel ready.

The first sessions can just be about getting to know your therapist and deciding if you want to continue. You can bring family and whānau or other supporters to these sessions too.