Sexual Violence & Abuse
Sexual violence and abuse is any behaviour perceived to be of a sexual nature which is unwanted and takes place without consent or understanding. It is a crime and can happen to anyone, men and women, young people and children, but it is never their fault. It has a devastating impact on victims, their families and friends and wider society, and the impact on individuals is likely to affect mental, physical and sexual health.
It can range from flashing and unwanted touching (groping) to sexual abuse and rape. No matter what a person was doing, where they were, what they were wearing or if they’d been drinking or were under the influence of drugs, they were not ‘asking for it’ or allowing themselves to be raped or sexually assaulted. No one deserves to be sexually violated!
Types of sexual violence include – but are not limited to:
• Sexual assault or threats
• Hate crime
• Sexual exploitation
• Unwanted or inappropriate sexual contact or touching
• Sexual harassment – including demanding sex in return for favours
• Exposure or flashing
• Ritual abuse
• Domestic violence
• Forced participation in / watching of pornography
• Stalking or cyberstalking
• Exposing young people to sexual activities
• Forced prostitution
• Trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation
• Female genital mutilation (FGM)
If you have experienced physical or sexual abuse – contact us.