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Have you experienced sexual abuse, assault or harassment? Reach out to a sexual abuse hotline in Brussels, Belgium today for private, confidential support

Sexual abuse is the use of coercion, force, or unequal positions to make you engage in any form of unwanted sexual activity. Anyone in Brussels, Belgium – women, men or children – can be a victim of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is a form of sexual violence, which includes sexual assault, such as rape or unwanted touching, and sexual harassment, which is unwelcome, intimidating or offensive sexual behavior.

If you are a victim of sexual violence, talking through your experience can help. Reach out to any of 3 hotlines that support with sexual abuse, assault and harassment in Brussels, Belgium if you experienced:

Examples of sexual violence:

  • Being spoken to in a sexual way that you find offensive or degrading
  • Being used sexually while you were very drunk, drugged, unconscious, or unable to say NO
  • Catcalls and whistles that make you feel uncomfortable or objectified
  • An organ or an object being put into your vagina (rape), or anus or mouth (sodomy), without your consent
  • Repeated unwanted sexual attention or advances, including in your workplace or by your employer
  • Being forced or coerced to have sex without protection from sexually transmitted diseases
  • Being exposed to a violent, hurtful sexual act without your permission
  • Being filmed or photographed nude or in a sexually explicit way without your permission

Effects of sexual violence:

  • Feeling overwhelmed with a range of emotions, like anger, fear, numbness
  • An urge to use alcohol, drugs, or gamble excessively
  • Feeling guilty about the sexual abuse
  • Having nightmares about the sexual abuse you experienced
  • Feeling as if everyone could see what happened to you
  • Bursts of fear, anxiety, and panic
  • Minimizing the abuse as not being as severe as someone else’s
  • Avoidance of anything that reminds you of the sexual abuse

Everyone responds to experiencing sexual violence differently. It’s perfectly normal to go through very different emotions in a single day. Still, trying to cope with this on your own can be extremely difficult.

Surviving and recovering from sexual violence can be a very lonely process. Especially if you struggle with all the different thoughts and emotions that you’re having a hard time controlling. This is why reaching out to helpline staff in Brussels, Belgium could help you feel less isolated.

If you feel like you might need support with your experience of sexual violence, try reaching out to a hotline in Brussels, Belgium. It's free and confidential.


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