Sexual abuse is the use of coercion, force, or unequal positions to make you engage in any form of unwanted sexual activity. Anyone in Tonga – 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 1 hotlines in Tonga who support the victims of sexual violence. Consider getting some support if you recognize any of the following:
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.
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 Tonga who went through similar experiences could make your recovery easier and quicker.
Consider contacting a hotline in Tonga right away for free, private help with sexual abuse, assault and harassment