Any situation in which you are forced to participate in unwanted, unsafe or degrading sexual activity is sexual abuse. Forced sex, rape, even if its with a spouse or intimate partner whom you also have consensual sex with is an act of sexual abuse. 


Signs of sexual abuse

Sexual abuse includes but is not inclusive of the following


  • Forcing or coercing you to have sex or hurting you during sex.
  • Becoming angry if you don’t go along with their sexual demands.
  • Denying sex
  • Forced to watch pornography; force partner to be photographed/filmed;
  • Criticising sexual performance
  • Enforced prostitution
  • Sexually assault
  • Rape 
  • Preventing you from practicing safer sex.

As with all forms of domestic abuse, sexual violence is a crime. 


Need help? 

In an emergency always call 999

If you have been affected by sexual abuse we can help. Our staff are specially trained to support  women affected by sexual violence and will discuss the options available with you sensitively. We will not place any pressure on you to report the incident but there are ways we can support you if you choose to at a later date. 

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