Sexual violence or abuse is any type of sexual behaviour that you do not agree to. It can take a variety of forms and people who have experienced sexual violence may feel confused, scared or angry. It is important to remember that sexual violence and abuse is unacceptable and you are not to blame.
Break the Silence
It may be very difficult to talk about what happened to you and you may fear not being believed. Some people do not want to tell anyone, and some never will.
As a survivor of sexual violence it can be very hard to just forget about what has happened, no matter how hard you try. As part of the healing process, breaking the silence and talking about your thoughts and feelings can help. Only you will know when the time feels right for you. Taking this step can be the beginning of regaining control over your own life and moving on. Even if it happened a long time ago, your feelings are still important.
Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)
An ISVA is an independent worker, based at Worcestershire Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre who can provide free practical and emotional support to female and male victims, aged 11 or over, who have experienced rape or sexual abuse at any time in their life.
Reporting to the Police
Sexual Violence is a crime. As with all crimes you can report it to the police who will investigate and allocate a Specially Trained Officer to help you. This is a personal choice that you will make. Find your nearest police station.
Did you know?
- Two women a week are murdered by their ex or current partner in the UK
- More than eight out of 10 rapes involve an attack by someone the victim knows
- 85% of rapists are men known to their victims
- Most sexual assaults occur in the home of either the perpetrator or victim
- Many abusers try to avoid personal responsibility for their behaviour by blaming it on something or someone else
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