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 through your experience can help. Reach out to any of 1 hotlines that support with sexual abuse, assault and harassment in Samoa 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.
After surviving sexual violence, you might believe no one will understand your feelings. However, there are people in Samoa who will give their best to understand you. Speaking freely about what you experienced could help you heal faster.
For free and confidential support with sexual assault, abuse and harassment, consider contacting a hotline in Samoa today.