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Are you experiencing sexual abuse, assault or harassment? Contact a free hotline in Durham, England for confidential support

Regardless of whether you're a woman, man or child in Durham, England, if someone has used coercion, power or force to make you engage in unwanted sexual activity, you were a victim of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is a form of sexual violence, which is any sexual activity without consent. Other forms of sexual violence are sexual assault, such as rape and unwanted touching, and sexual harassment, which is unwelcome sexual behavior.

If you are a victim of sexual violence, talking through your experience can help. Reach out to any of 1 hotlines that support with sexual abuse, assault and harassment in Durham, England if you experienced:

Examples of sexual violence:

  • Being spoken to in a sexual way that you find offensive or degrading
  • Being used sexually while you were very drunk, drugged, unconscious, or unable to say NO
  • Catcalls and whistles that make you feel uncomfortable or objectified
  • An organ or an object being put into your vagina (rape), or anus or mouth (sodomy), without your consent
  • Repeated unwanted sexual attention or advances, including in your workplace or by your employer
  • Being forced or coerced to have sex without protection from sexually transmitted diseases
  • Being exposed to a violent, hurtful sexual act without your permission
  • Being filmed or photographed nude or in a sexually explicit way without your permission

Effects of sexual violence:

  • Not being able to fall or stay asleep
  • Feeling unsafe and scared that it would happen again
  • Bursts of fear, anxiety, and panic
  • Engaging in self-harm or self-mutilation
  • A strong need to withdraw from socializing
  • An urge to use alcohol, drugs, or gamble excessively
  • Feeling overwhelmed with a range of emotions, like anger, fear, numbness
  • Feeling as if everyone could see what happened to you

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.

After surviving sexual violence, you might believe no one will understand your feelings. However, there are people in Durham, England who will give their best to understand you. Speaking freely about what you experienced could help you heal faster.

Consider contacting a hotline in Durham, England right away for free, private help with sexual abuse, assault and harassment


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