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Sexual Abuse

What is Sexual Abuse? 

Sexual abuse is any action that pressures someone to do something sexually they do not want to do. Some examples of sexual assault/abuse are:
  • Unwanted kissing or touching

  • Unwanted rough or violent sexual activity

  • Rape or attempted rape

  • Refusing to use condoms or restricting someone’s access to birth control

  • Keeping someone from protecting themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

  • Sexual contact with someone who is very drunk, drugged, unconscious or otherwise unable to give a clear and informed “yes” or “no”

  • Threatening or pressuring someone into unwanted sexual activity

Keep in Mind

  • Everyone has the right to decide what they do or don’t want to do sexually. Not all sexual assaults are violent “attacks”

  • Most victims of sexual assault know the assailant

  • Both men and women can be victims of sexual abuse

  • Both men and women can be perpetrators of sexual abuse

  • Sexual abuse can occur in same-sex and opposite-sex relationships

  • Sexual abuse can occur between two people who have been sexual with each other before, including people who are married or dating

What to Do

If you have been sexually assaulted, first get to a safe place. You may be scared, angry and confused, but remember the abuse was in no way your fault. You can:

  • Contact Someone You Trust

  • Report What Happened to the Police

  • Go to an Emergency Room or Health Clinic

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