Sexual Abuse

Rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment

When someone calls you insulting sexual names, talks about you in a sexual way that makes you feel uncomfortable (like commenting on your body), or spreads sexual rumours about you, this is known as sexual harassment. This could happen in person, over the phone, or online.

If someone intentionally grabs or touches you in a sexual way that you do not like, or you’re forced to kiss someone or do something else sexual against your will, this is classed as sexual assault. This includes sexual touching of any part of someone’s body, and it makes no difference whether you are clothed or not.

If you are forced to have penetrative sex with someone, or someone has sex with you without your consent or agreement, this is rape.

Gender Based Violence

Gender Based Violence comes in many different forms and can be found within a family, community and in the society. It is an act of violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivations of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.
The most pervasive form of gender based violence against women is rape.

It affects all women regardless of theirs age, race, culture or socio-economic status.