Sexual Abuse


What is sexual abuse or sexual aggression?


It is someone who forces himself sexually on someone else. The victim is non consenting or is unable to consent because of age, mental or physical status, alcohol, drugs or medication. We usually use the term sexual abuse when the victim is under the age of 14 and the sexual perpetrator is an adult. A sexual aggression can be perpetrated in different ways. The sexual perpetrator may watch the victim undressing or touching herself, he may touch her or have her touch him, force her to oral sex or to penetrations. Victims of sexual aggression differ in age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, education and social status. Statistics reveal that about one woman out of four have been sexually assaulted, compared to one man out of six. Consequences vary :


·        Physical : hurts, pain, sleeping disorders, eating disorders, negative body image, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

·        Psychological : fear, anxiety, sadness, anger, isolation, feeling of betrayal, guilt, low self-esteem, lack of assertiveness, post-traumatic stress disorder

·        Relational : difficulty to trust, communication problems, difficulty in conflict resolution, difficulty to engage in a long term relationship, fear of intimacy

·        Sexual : sexual aversion, low sexual desire / sexual addiction, sexual arousal difficulties, anorgasmia, sexual pain disorders



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