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Sexual abuse is the use of coercion, force, or unequal positions to make you engage in any form of unwanted sexual activity. Anyone in Netherlands – 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 about your experience with people who understand can help you recover. Seek free help from 9 sexual abuse, assault and harassment hotlines in Netherlands if you face:
Sexual violence could provoke many ways of coping, some more and some less healthy. You may go through many different feelings, responses, and stages of recovery until you fully heal.
Surviving and recovering from sexual violence can be a very lonely process. Especially if you struggle with all the different thoughts and emotions that you’re having a hard time controlling. This is why reaching out to helpline staff in Netherlands could help you feel less isolated.
If you feel like you might need support with your experience of sexual violence, try reaching out to a hotline in Netherlands. It's free and confidential.