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Have you experienced sexual abuse, assault or harassment? Get confidential support from a hotline in Vanuatu

Sexual abuse is when one person forces another person into sexual behavior, without that person's consent. It is a type of sexual violence, which is any sexual activity without consent. This includes sexual assault (such as unwanted touching or rape) and sexual harassment (unwelcome or offensive sexual behavior).

If you’re struggling with sexual abuse, assault or harassment, there are 1 hotlines in Vanuatu 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:

Examples of sexual violence:

  • Being coerced, threatened or forced to perform any sort of sexual activity
  • Being spoken to in a sexual way that you find offensive or degrading
  • An organ or an object being put into your vagina (rape), or anus or mouth (sodomy), without your consent
  • Experiencing an attempted rape or sodomy
  • Sexual photos or videos being posted online without your consent
  • Being used sexually while you were very drunk, drugged, unconscious, or unable to say NO
  • Sexual abuse or assault from someone in your family (incest)
  • Being forced or coerced to have sex without protection from sexually transmitted diseases

Effects of sexual violence:

  • Feeling guilty about the sexual abuse
  • A decline in your physical and mental health
  • Feeling edgy and fearful, especially around people who resemble the abuser in any way
  • Losing trust in people in general
  • Avoidance of anything that reminds you of the sexual abuse
  • Changes (either loss or increase) in your appetite
  • Feeling ashamed for what occurred
  • Engaging in self-harm or self-mutilation

Everyone deals with sexual abuse, assault or harassment differently. You may find yourself trying to cope with it in a variety of ways. However, it is perfectly natural that it takes time to heal. It was a traumatic experience, and it might take a lot of support to recover.

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 Vanuatu could help you feel less isolated.

For free and confidential support with sexual assault, abuse and harassment, consider contacting a hotline in Vanuatu today.


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