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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 9 hotlines in Australia 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.
After surviving sexual violence, you might believe no one will understand your feelings. However, there are people in Australia who will give their best to understand you. Speaking freely about what you experienced could help you heal faster.
If you are ready to talk to someone about your experience of sexual abuse, assault or harassment, you can contact a hotline in Australia for free and confidential support.