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Non Recent Sexual Abuse 

Sexual abuse is when someone is forced, pressurised or tricked into taking part in any kind of sexual activity with another person.
Whatever form of coercion is used, be it physical, financial or emotional, any sexual act which is not based on mutual consent constitutes sexual abuse.

Child Sexual Abuse can be defined as any sexual act with a child performed by an adult or an older child.  Child sexual abuse could include a number of acts, including but not limited to: 

  • Sexual touching of any part of the body, clothed or unclothed;
  • Penetrative sex, including penetration of the mouth;
  • Encouraging a child to engage in sexual activity, including masturbation;
  • Intentionally engaging in sexual activity in front of a child;
  • Showing children pornography, or using children to create pornography;
  • Encouraging a child to engage in prostitution.
  • Someone flashing or exposing themselves online or offline
  • Sexual abuse can include rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment, online grooming.  
  • It can also include sexual exploitation (being pressured into having sex with someone in return for getting something like money or drugs), child pornography.
  • Criticising you sexually
  • Forcing you to strip, or forcefully stripping you
  • Minimising or denying your feelings about sex or sexual preference

Someone could be sexually abused by a stranger, by somebody you love and trust or a boyfriend or girlfriend.

The following list includes some of the effects now being recognised and acknowledged as the consequences of childhood sexual abuse, it is not inevitable that all victims will suffer from all effects – the mix, severity and complexity is a unique experience for each individual.

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability and outbursts of anger
  • Re-victimisation
  • Lack of confidence
  • Low self-esteem 
  • Strong feelings of inadequacy
  • Inability to trust
  • Problem relationships
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Food/ Drug/Alcohol Abuse
  • Low or over emotional control
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Illness
  • Self-mutilation
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Flashbacks
  • Inability to touch or be touched
  • Depression
  • Suicide attempts
  • High risk taking
  • Security seeking
  • Alienation from body
  • Aversion to making noise
  • Memory blanks


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