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 about your experience with people who understand can help you recover. Seek free help from 1 sexual abuse, assault and harassment hotlines in Jamaica if you face:
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.
If you’re struggling with finding meaning in what occurred to you, talking to hotline staff in Jamaica might help you calm your thoughts and emotions and find a path forward. You don’t have to be alone on your journey toward recovery.
If you are ready to talk to someone about your experience of sexual abuse, assault or harassment, you can contact a hotline in Jamaica for free and confidential support.