Sexual abuse is any sexual act that a person did not consent to or is forced into against their will, including unsafe sex and degrading sexual activity.

Forms of sexual abuse include;

  • Rape,
  • Torture of a person in a sexual manner
  • Forced acts of any kind including kissing and groping
  • Preventing someone from using contraception
  • Unwanted sexual attention such as sexual name calling
  • Demanding sex
  • Treating you as a sexual object
  • Making you wear clothes you haven’t chosen to
  • Hurting someone during a sexual act
  • Making someone watch or appear in pornography against their will

Forced sex by a spouse or intimate partner is still sexual abuse and rape.