Sexual abuse is when a woman, man, or kid is compelled to engage in sexual behavior or perform a sexual act without their consent. Abuse of a woman, man, or kid by a man, woman, or child is referred to as sexual abuse. Sexual assault occurs when perpetrators use force, threaten victims, or take advantage of victims who are unable to give permission. The majority of victims and perpetrators are acquainted. Shock, anxiety, and denial are common first reactions to sexual abuse. Anxiety, fear, and post-traumatic stress disorder are examples of long-term symptoms. While efforts to cure sex offenders have proven ineffective, psychological interventions for survivors, particularly group therapy, have shown to be successful.
Sexual abuse is a form of violence perpetrated by an assailant against someone they perceive to be weaker than themselves. It is not the result of an overwhelming sex drive, but rather of a crime committed with the intention of manipulating and humiliating the victim.
- Sexual assault is a broad phrase that encompasses all sexual offenses. Any sexual act or statement carried out without the consent of both parties.
- Rape is defined as the entrance of a body organ or an object into a woman’s sex organ without her consent.
- Sodomy — the unauthorized introduction of a bodily organ or item into a person’s anus or mouth.
- Attempted rape is when a guy tries to enter a body organ or item into a woman’s sex organ without her consent.
- Gang rape — rape perpetrated by multiple attackers.
- Serial rape is defined as a series of rapes committed by the same offender over a long period.
- Incest – When a family member sexually abuses or assaults you.
- Extortion occurs when the person being forced to undertake a sexual act.
- An indecent act is done to humiliate, stimulate, or satisfy sexual desires.
- Repeated sexual propositions are directed against a person who has previously shown to the harasser that they are not interested in the advances.
- Repetitive comments about the individual’s sexuality after the person has already demonstrated to the harasser that they are uninterested in the remarks.
- Remarks about a person’s sex or sexuality, including sexual orientation, that is degrading or humiliating.
- Without the person’s agreement, publishing a photograph, film, or recording of them focusing on their sexuality with the aim of humiliating or degrading them.
- Sexual propositions or statements when the harasser is aware that their victim is uninterested owing to conditions such as exploitation of a working relationship, reliance, or other services.
Regardless of the age at which the event happened, sexual abuse has been demonstrated to have long-term emotional and physical consequences for women. Sexual abuse survivors frequently internalize their symptoms, which can result in sadness. Furthermore, research has indicated that women who have experienced sexual abuse have trouble trusting others, have low self-esteem, have sexual issues, and have greater rates of substance usage. Sexual assault causes both physical and emotional harm, therefore it’s reasonable to expect a significant influence on body image. Women who had been sexually abused showed more body dissatisfaction and self-consciousness about their appearance than those who had not been abused, according to a study that employed a matched sample of women who answered to a magazine poll. Women who had been sexually abused also said they felt less at ease undressing in front of their spouse or having sex with the lights on. Sexual abuse affects one out of every six women. Women who were assaulted before the age of 12 were more likely to experience body dissatisfaction and match eating disorder criteria, according to one study. They believe that sexual abuse in early childhood may predispose women to eat disorders later in adulthood.
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Sexual Abuse Resources
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- National sexual violence resources center: https://www.nsvrc.org/blogs
- National coalition against domestic violence: https://ncadv.org/
- Darkness to light: https://www.d2l.org/blog/
- Blogging about sexual assault: https://e-space.mmu.ac.uk/
- How to leave an abusive relationship?
- healing from sexual abuse can start from one word: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ4RoldUzHc
- sexual abuse: how do we recover and how long it takes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAMwyyybA7I