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Sexual abuse is the use of coercion, force, or unequal positions to make you engage in any form of unwanted sexual activity. Anyone in California, United States – 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’ve experienced sexual abuse, assault or harassment, you might be experiencing intense rage and fear, or you may feel numb. There are 27 hotlines in California, United States who support the victims of sexual violence. Consider getting some support if you recognize any of the following:
Everyone responds to experiencing sexual violence differently. It’s perfectly normal to go through very different emotions in a single day. Still, trying to cope with this on your own can be extremely difficult.
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 California, United States who went through similar experiences could make your recovery easier and quicker.
If you feel like you might need support with your experience of sexual violence, try reaching out to a hotline in California, United States. It's free and confidential.