Regardless of whether you're a woman, man or child in Puerto Rico, 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’ve experienced sexual abuse, assault or harassment, you might be experiencing intense rage and fear, or you may feel numb. There are 4 hotlines in Puerto Rico who support the victims of sexual violence. Consider getting some support if you recognize any of the following:
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 Puerto Rico who will give their best to understand you. Speaking freely about what you experienced could help you heal faster.
Consider contacting a hotline in Puerto Rico right away for free, private help with sexual abuse, assault and harassment