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

Sexual abuse is the use of coercion, force, or unequal positions to make you engage in any form of unwanted sexual activity. Anyone in Clare, Ireland – 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 are a victim of sexual violence, talking through your experience can help. Reach out to any of 0 hotlines that support with sexual abuse, assault and harassment in Clare, Ireland if you experienced:

Examples of sexual violence:

  • Being coerced, threatened or forced to perform any sort of sexual activity
  • Being used sexually in a way that is humiliating
  • Being forced or coerced to have sex without protection from sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sexual photos or videos being posted online without your consent
  • Experiencing an attempted rape or sodomy
  • An organ or an object being put into your vagina (rape), or anus or mouth (sodomy), without your consent
  • Being spoken to in a sexual way that you find offensive or degrading
  • Catcalls and whistles that make you feel uncomfortable or objectified

Effects of sexual violence:

  • A decline in your physical and mental health
  • Minimizing the abuse as not being as severe as someone else’s
  • Avoidance of anything that reminds you of the sexual abuse
  • Feeling unsafe and scared that it would happen again
  • Feeling dirty, damaged, and broken
  • Having flashbacks about the sexual abuse
  • Feeling overwhelmed with a range of emotions, like anger, fear, numbness
  • Having nightmares about the sexual abuse you experienced

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.

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

If you feel like you might need support with your experience of sexual violence, try reaching out to a hotline in Clare, Ireland. It's free and confidential.


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