Regardless of whether you're a woman, man or child in Guyana, 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’re struggling with sexual abuse, assault or harassment, there are 3 hotlines in Guyana 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:
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 Guyana who went through similar experiences could make your recovery easier and quicker.
If you are ready to talk to someone about your experience of sexual abuse, assault or harassment, you can contact a hotline in Guyana for free and confidential support.