Families should always feel safe and nurturing. At any point when any member of the family feels controlled, fearful and harmed is never okay.\n\n
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 re-offend after completing treatment, with only 2% of adolescents and 5% of adults re-offending*.\n\n
About 20% of adults who sexually abuse children will be convicted of another offence. If people get specialist help this rate is halved. Treatment provides people with the awareness and skills to prevent further offending so they can go on living constructive and abuse-free lives.\n\n
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.\n\n
If you're concerned about an adult friend or relative who may be exhibiting sexually harmful behaviours, there are signs that you can watch out for. Below are some indicators.