About Sexual Abuse
1.What is sexual abuse?
Simply speaking, any sexual activity that is forced upon you without your consent is sexual abuse.
Sexually abusive behavior includes: other than sexual behavior that was forced upon you, there is also: sexually explicit language that makes you feel uncomfortable, like sexually explicit jokes. If also include others making explicit gestures at you, masturbating, activities. These are all considered sexual abuse.
In addition, sexual abuse includes all sexual behavior that occurs without your consent, even if it is with your husband.
- How to help avoid sexual abuse.
Staying alert is the best way to help reduce the occurrence of sexual abuse and protect yourself.
You can practice imagining various hypothetical situations occurring in places or roads you pass by each day or when at home alone. How would you protect yourself and escape if there were a person who tried to violate you?
3. It happened. What should I do?
A. in the case that you have been sexually violated, you can:
(1) Immediately go to a place you believe is safe.
(2) Don’t change clothes or destroy clothing items you were previously wearing before you go to the hospital for medical attention and examination. This will be used as future pieces of evidence. Also, don’t take a shower, wash your hands, brush your teeth, or go to the bathroom.
(3) Go to the nearest police office and report the event.
(4) Immediately go to the emergency room for examination.
B. who to contact for help
Contact the police or an attorney for help
(1) By going to a hospital for a professional examination, in addition to the immediate medical attention that you will receive, you can gather medical evidence form the examinations. You should ask the hospital fro an “Injury Diagnosis Report”, which can be used as evidence later in any legal proceedings.
(2) You can also go directly to the nearest police office to report the event. You can have your husband, family member, or prevention center social workers accompany you when the police log is being drawn up. The police department will also ensure your safety if you need to confront or point out the violator.
(3) Medical institutions, the police department, and social workers all have an obligation to keep your identity confidential, unless receiving your consent, or if required by investigation.
If you fall victim to sexual abuse, them seeking psychological counseling and therap is not only necessary, but it’s perfectly normal. You don’t need to feel scared or embarrassed because of it.
Contact the Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Center for help
Tool-free, 24 hour women and children protection hotline-113
Provides information on legal questionos about sexual abuse. If you require an attorney for your defense in court , the Prevention Center can also help you appoint an attorney.
Provide free psychological counseling.
Provides the necessary emergency living funds to help you start a new life.
Provides accompaniment to court for your testimony
Seek psychological help
Should you fall victim to sexual abuse, it’s not your fault at all. You should discuss it with a trustworthy person. In addition to making yourself feel better, you will have a chance to break down some of these negative feelings.
Perhaps the physical damage can be mended in a short period of time, but the psychological damage is going to take some time to overcome. If you don’t want to tell someone who’s close to you, but don’t have the strength to keep it all in to yourself, you can always seek psychological treatment or counseling from the Prevention center. The professionals at the Prevention Center can help you recover from the psychological harm inflicted on you, and assist in your recovery back to health.