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Are you a victim of sexual abuse, assault or harassment? Get free, confidential support from a hotline in Wisconsin, United States

If you are in Wisconsin, United States and were in any way forced or coerced to perform an activity of sexual nature, then you are a victim of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is a form of sexual violence. Sexual violence can also be sexual assault, such as unwanted touching or rape, and sexual harassment, which is unwelcome sexual behavior.

There are many people throughout the world who struggle to overcome the aftermath of sexual violence. If you are one of them, getting the right kind of help can make all the difference. In Wisconsin, United States there are 12 hotlines you can contact for support with sexual abuse, assault or harassment. Reach out if you have experienced any of the following:

Examples of sexual violence:

  • Being coerced, threatened or forced to perform any sort of sexual activity
  • Being filmed or photographed nude or in a sexually explicit way without your permission
  • Being kissed or touched without your consent or being made, by coercion or force, to touch or kiss someone
  • An organ or an object being put into your vagina (rape), or anus or mouth (sodomy), without your consent
  • Sexual photos or videos being posted online without your consent
  • Catcalls and whistles that make you feel uncomfortable or objectified
  • Being forced or coerced to have sex without protection from sexually transmitted diseases
  • Being spoken to in a sexual way that you find offensive or degrading

Effects of sexual violence:

  • Feeling unsafe and scared that it would happen again
  • Not being able to fall or stay asleep
  • Having nightmares about the sexual abuse you experienced
  • Bursts of fear, anxiety, and panic
  • Feeling guilty about the sexual abuse
  • Feeling as if everyone could see what happened to you
  • Feeling overwhelmed with a range of emotions, like anger, fear, numbness
  • Feeling dirty, damaged, and broken

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.

If you’re struggling with finding meaning in what occurred to you, talking to hotline staff in Wisconsin, United States 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 victim of sexual abuse, assault or harassment, consider contacting a helpline in Wisconsin, United States for free, confidential help.


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