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Abuse is about gaining control over a situation and this is no exception when it comes to sex. Sexual violence includes using methods of retaining power over a person in a sexually aggressive way. It can be in the form of verbal, physical or emotional abuse by making you feel pressure, guilt, shame or forcing you to do something that you don’t want to do.

A sexually abusive person may …

  • Force you to dress in a sexual manner
  • Insult you in sexual ways
  • Manipulate or force you into having sex
  • Hold you down or hurt you with objects during sex
  • Ignore your feelings toward sex
  • Use drugs or alcohol to take advantage of you
  • Make you feel afraid to say no

A sexually abusive person can be anyone, such as …

  • Relatives – parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts or uncles
  • Intimate partners – spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Friends
  • Coworkers or a boss
  • Professionals – therapists, first-responders, doctors or nurses
  • Educators and school personnel
  • Coaches or mentors
  • Spiritual leaders

80% of all sexual assaults are committed by someone you know.

You should never feel that you owe someone any kind of intimacy, including a partner or spouse. Even if you are not being physically forced, feeling obligated or pressured is a form of sexual violence that should not be ignored.

If you think you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, today or years ago, contact us. We can help.

If you have experienced violence, we are here to help. When you are ready to contact us, we will listen and assist with your individual needs. We have safe spaces so that you can find refuge and different programs to help encourage healing. We even offer resources to people that want to help their loved ones. Most importantly, we want to empower everyone to make the best choices for themselves.

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