Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is when a person is forced to engage in sexual interactions without their consent. Sexual abuse occurs in all races, genders, and class backgrounds. It can occur during childhood, adolescence, and/or adulthood. People who’ve experienced sexual abuse or unwanted sexual contact may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • flashbacks (feeling like you are re-experiencing the event)
  • “spacing out”, losing moments of time (dissociation)
  • avoiding sexual contact
  • significant increase in sexual contact and behavior