What is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is any unwanted sexual contact received from another person. Sexual acts or behaviours that are forced upon you through physical force, coercion, or threats are all forms of sexual abuse. 

Sexual abuse does not come from a place of love or care, it comes from the abuser’s need to control you and assert their power over you. If you have experienced sexual abuse, you may be feeling a range of emotions, such as anger, confusion, shame or fear. Open up to someone about your feelings and get the support you need.

Remember, unwanted sexual advances or acts in any relationship is considered sexual abuse. It doesn’t matter if you are married or dating - no means no. 

What can you Do?

Tell Someone

Talking about sexual abuse can be hard but telling someone you trust can help you find the support you need. Don’t stay silent about abuse, speak with a close friend, family member or somewhere here at our Domestic Abuse Helpline. 

Get Help

If you feel that you are in danger and are unable to do something yourself, don’t hesitate to get help. Reach out to someone who is in a position to support you safely or if you are in immediate danger call emergency services on 999. 

Stop blaming yourself 

Sometimes people who have been abused start to think that their abuser’s behavior is their fault – this is NOT the case. You are not at fault; you do not deserve to be abused.  You can’t control the actions of others, but you can stop blaming yourself.

Get in touch

Before Reaching Out

Callers are asked to ensure they are in a safe environment when making a call to the helpline.

Callers do not have to give their real name if they do not want to, an alias can be provided. Or if callers prefer, our Helpline Practitioners can offer a caller contact code which can be used each time a call to the helpline is made. This allows us to easily find call records and means callers will not be asked to repeat information they have previously provided.

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