Sexual Abuse

  • The forcing of unwanted sexual activity by one person on another, as by the use of threats or coercion
  • Sexual abuse can happen to men or women of any age or race
  • A married person can be sexually abused by their spouse
  • Any type of Sexual activity that is deemed improper or harmful
  • Sexual activity between an adult and a minor
  • Sexual activity with a person of diminished mental capacity
  • Sexual abuse is considered to be the most degrading and offensive type of abuse
  • Most sexual abusers are male, and a few are female
  • It is not true that sexual abuse happens because ‘a man cannot control his sexual urges’. The abuser knows what they are doing, and they make a choice to abuse their position of trust and power
  • Often the person who does it to you will tell you things like:

‘it’s normal’
‘don’t tell anyone’
‘it’s our secret’.

Sexual Abuse Includes:

  • Rape
  • Incest
  • Beastiality
  • Voyeurism
  • Molestation
  • Exhibitionism
  • Obscene phone calls
  • Someone photographing you/a victim in sexual poses
  • Someone trying to tongue kiss you/a victim
  • Someone making you/a victim play sexual games
  • Someone making you/a victim look at sexual pictures, magazines or videos
  • Someone making you/a victim touch someone else’s body (may be another victim or another abuser)
  • Someone making sexual comments or “Perving” in a sexual way at/to you/a victim
  • Someone making you/a victim watch them Masturbate or visa-versa
  • Someone rubbing their body against you in a sexual way
  • Someone touching yours/another victims’ private parts, or visa-versa
  • Someone making you/a victim touch or play with your private parts while they watch and/or masturbate
  • Someone putting objects or body parts (fingers, tongue, penis, vagina or other item) into/onto yours/another victims’ breasts, vagina, penis, anus, mouth or other body part without your permission
  • Someone making you/a victim put objects or body parts (fingers, tongue, penis, vagina or other item) into/onto their breasts, vagina, penis, anus, mouth or other body part
  • Someone making you/a victim put objects or body parts (fingers, tongue, penis, vagina or other item) into/onto another person’s (may be another victim/abuser) breasts, vagina, penis, anus, mouth or other body part
  • Someone making you/a victim put objects or body parts (fingers, tongue, penis, vagina or other item) into/onto another person’s (may be another victim/abuser) breasts, vagina, penis, anus, mouth or other body part
  • Someone inappropriately watching you/a victim get undressed or use the bath

If any of these things have happened to you, it can make you feel really horrible. Know that, no matter what you are being told, that it isn’t your fault. The abuser is always responsible for the abuse. It’s very hard to know what to do when someone hurts you like this. It doesn’t make you a bad person, and you don’t deserve to be treated in this way. Unfortunately, many children and young people experience sexual abuse. Some married men and women are even sexually abused by their spouses. It’s against the law for anyone to treat you like this.

Sexual abuse can be very confusing. The person doing the abuse might be your spouse, partner, family member, friend, or someone else that you trust(ed). By treating you like this, they’ve disrespected you and betrayed your trust in them. This is very wrong. You are a victim of Sexual Abuse. Get help today!


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