If you or someone you know was sexually abused, you or they may still be suffering from one or more of the following symptoms: unhealthy or unfulfilling relationships, issues with low self-esteem, alcohol or drug addiction, difficulty trusting others, poor self-image or body image, sexual addiction or sexual anorexia, problems with anger, and finding it hard to accept the love you deserve.
Sexual abuse means being forced to give or receive unwanted or inappropriate sexual touching, petting, fondling, oral sex, or intercourse. Sexual abuse happens to people of all ages, including children, adolescents, teenagers, adults, and the elderly. It occurs within every socioeconomic class and every religious group. Some perpetrators of sexual abuse have a known criminal history. Others serve our country in public office. Perpetrators of sexual abuse have included men and women working in the noblest of professions. Doctors, dentists, lawyers, alcoholics, addicts, neighbours, friends, girlfriends and boyfriends, husbands and wives, parents, distant relatives, siblings, priests, janitors, teachers, movie-producers, politicians, and total strangers. There is no such thing as a stereotypical abuser.