Sexual abuse is any sexual act where a person is forced to do something they don't want to. It is still sexual abuse when the person does not say 'No' because they are frightened of the consequences of refusing to engage in these sexual acts.
The person may be forced with actual threats of physical violence (to themselves or others) or as stated above, the fear of what may happen could be sufficient to make them comply.
Sexual abuse can include:
rape or any forced sexual act
forcing you to view pornography
calling you sexually derogatory names
with-holding sex or affection
sharing intimate information or images about you without your consent
Sexual abuse can happen within marriage - it often goes unrecognised, as well as unreported, as many people still assume it is a 'duty' within marriage to satisfy sexual demands with no regard for the other person's wishes or feelings. Rape is rape, within or outside marriage, and it is a crime.
Sexual abuse may be used as a way of the abuser showing that 'they are forgiven' for an earlier abusive incident because the partner has been intimate with them.
Many people experiencing sexual abuse feel degraded, confused, guilty or dirty and this adds to feelings of low self-esteem and self-worth and can impact on future relationships.
If you need urgent help, call 999 immediately
If you are unsure and need advice, please call 0113 222 4202
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