Sexual abuse is the use of coercion, force, or unequal positions to make you engage in any form of unwanted sexual activity. Anyone in Finland – 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 8 hotlines that support with sexual abuse, assault and harassment in Finland if you experienced:
As a victim of sexual violence you could be feeling furious, desperate, revengeful, hopeless, and empty, all at the same time. This is a perfectly normal response to such a traumatizing event.
If you’re struggling with finding meaning in what occurred to you, talking to hotline staff in Finland 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 Finland today.