Sexual abuse is when one person forces another person into sexual behavior, without that person's consent. It is a type of sexual violence, which is any sexual activity without consent. This includes sexual assault (such as unwanted touching or rape) and sexual harassment (unwelcome or offensive sexual behavior).
If you’ve experienced sexual abuse, assault or harassment, you might be experiencing intense rage and fear, or you may feel numb. There are 1 hotlines in Antigua and Barbuda who support the victims of sexual violence. Consider getting some support if you recognize any of the following:
Everyone deals with sexual abuse, assault or harassment differently. You may find yourself trying to cope with it in a variety of ways. However, it is perfectly natural that it takes time to heal. It was a traumatic experience, and it might take a lot of support to recover.
If you’re struggling with finding meaning in what occurred to you, talking to hotline staff in Antigua and Barbuda might help you calm your thoughts and emotions and find a path forward. You don’t have to be alone on your journey toward recovery.
For free and confidential support with sexual assault, abuse and harassment, consider contacting a hotline in Antigua and Barbuda today.