Regardless of whether you're a woman, man or child in New Zealand, 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 9 hotlines that support with sexual abuse, assault and harassment in New Zealand 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.
Coping with the trauma of sexual violence can be even harder if you are trying to do it on your own. There is no right or wrong way to recover from the abuse. However, having someone to talk to in New Zealand can make the process easier.
Consider contacting a hotline in New Zealand right away for free, private help with sexual abuse, assault and harassment