Sexual abuse is the use of coercion, force, or unequal positions to make you engage in any form of unwanted sexual activity. Anyone in Malaysia – 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’ve experienced sexual abuse, assault or harassment, you might be experiencing intense rage and fear, or you may feel numb. There are 11 hotlines in Malaysia who support the victims of sexual violence. Consider getting some support if you recognize any of the following:
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.
If you’re struggling with finding meaning in what occurred to you, talking to hotline staff in Malaysia 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 Malaysia today.