Supporting Survivors of Abuse
Sexual abuse, also referred to as molestation, is the forcing of undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another, when that force falls short of being a sexual assault. The offender is referred to as sexual abuser or (often pejoratively) molester. The term also covers any behaviour by any adult towards a child to simulate either the adult or child sexually. When the victim is younger then the age of consent, it is referred to as child sexual abuse.
Sexual misconduct can occur where one person uses a position of authority to compel another person to engage in an otherwise unwanted sexual activity. For example, sexual harassment in the workplace might involve an employee being coerced into a sexual situation out of fear of being dismissed. Sexual harassment in education might involve a university student submitting to a professor's sexual advances in fear of being given a failing grade.
Several sexual abuse scandals have involved abuse of religious authority and often cover-up among non-abusers, including cases in the Southern Baptist religion, Catholic Church, Episcopalian religion, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, Lutheran church, Methodist Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Orthodox Judaism, and various cults.
Source : McKoy-Kingwood, E. D. (2012). The Alabaster Box, AuthorHouse.
The effects of abuse live long after the event. Those affected often suffer from depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), relationship and trust issues and other mental health issues. They will often resort to drug and alcohol abuse. These conditions can sometimes only appear years after the abuse took place.
These issues may also mean that those affected have difficulty with education and employment in later life.
Anyone can be a victim of Sexual Abuse or Rape. We do not operate a gender exclusive policy, our services are open to anyone over the age of 16 yrs.
No one has a right to abuse you.
Last updated on 05/03/2015
By Sally Jardine
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