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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 are a victim of sexual violence, talking through your experience can help. Reach out to any of 4 hotlines that support with sexual abuse, assault and harassment in South Africa if you experienced:
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.
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 South Africa could help you feel less isolated.
Consider contacting a hotline in South Africa right away for free, private help with sexual abuse, assault and harassment