Sexual Abuse

If anyone touches your or acts towards you in an unwelcome sexual capacity it is sexual abuse. End of discussion. It isn't banter, it isn't harmless fun. It isn't okay.

Sexual abuse includes:

  • rape

  • indecent exposure

  • sexual harrassment

  • inapropriate looking or touching

  • sexual teasing or innuendo

  • sexual photography

  • subjection to pornography or witnessing sexual acts

  • indecent exposure and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the adult has not consented or was pressured into

Potential indicators of sexual abuse

The following list may be indicators of many different problems, however they are consistent with signs of sexual abuse:

  • sudden change in behaviour
  • sudden onset of confusion
  • incontinence
  • withdrawal
  • overtly sexual behaviour/language by the vulnerable adult
  • self-inflicted injury
  • disturbed sleep pattern/poor concentration
  • difficulty in walking
  • torn, stained underwear
  • love bites
  • pain or itching, bruising or bleeding in the genital area
  • sexually transmitted disease/urinary tract/vaginal infection
  • bruising to upper thighs and arms
  • frequent infection
  • severe upset or agitation when being bathed etc
  • pregnancy in a person unable to consent.
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