Sexual abuse is a form sexual violence where a person uses power or coercion to force you into unwanted sexual activity. You can be a victim of sexual abuse if you are a woman, man or child. Other forms of sexual violence are sexual assault, such as rape, and sexual harassment, which is sexual behaviour toward you that is unwelcome or offensive.
If you’re struggling with sexual abuse, assault or harassment, there are 2 hotlines in Scotland 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:
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.
When you’re on your path to surviving sexual violence and its aftermath, it helps to know that there are people who can relate. People in Scotland who went through similar experiences could make your recovery easier and quicker.
If you feel like you might need support with your experience of sexual violence, try reaching out to a hotline in Scotland. It's free and confidential.