Regardless of whether you're a woman, man or child in Bangladesh, if someone has used coercion, power or force to make you engage in unwanted sexual activity, you were a victim of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is a form of sexual violence, which is any sexual activity without consent. Other forms of sexual violence are sexual assault, such as rape and unwanted touching, and sexual harassment, which is unwelcome 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 Bangladesh if you experienced:
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.
Coping with the trauma of sexual violence can be even harder if you are trying to do it on your own. There is no right or wrong way to recover from the abuse. However, having someone to talk to in Bangladesh can make the process easier.
If you are ready to talk to someone about your experience of sexual abuse, assault or harassment, you can contact a hotline in Bangladesh for free and confidential support.