Regardless of whether you're a woman, man or child in Zimbabwe, 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 about your experience with people who understand can help you recover. Seek free help from 1 sexual abuse, assault and harassment hotlines in Zimbabwe if you face:
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 Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe. It's free and confidential.