Sexual abuse is the use of coercion, force, or unequal positions to make you engage in any form of unwanted sexual activity. Anyone in Barbados – 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’re struggling with sexual abuse, assault or harassment, there are 2 hotlines in Barbados you can contact. Everyone’s experience is unique, as well as the path towards recovery. However, hotline volunteers could help you for free if you are experiencing or have experienced:
If you have experienced sexual violence, your emotions and thoughts are likely to change all the time in an attempt to make sense of what happened to you. It can be confusing trying to figure it out all on your own.
After surviving sexual violence, you might believe no one will understand your feelings. However, there are people in Barbados who will give their best to understand you. Speaking freely about what you experienced could help you heal faster.
For free and confidential support with sexual assault, abuse and harassment, consider contacting a hotline in Barbados today.