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Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Sexual assault can happen to anybody and cause many overwhelming feelings and thoughts. The trauma of a sexual assault can affect people in different ways. There is no right way to behave when something like this has happened to you. Everyone’s experience of abuse is unique.

Sexual abuse often leaves people feeling the abuser has control over them. So it can be important to work together with a counsellor or therapist to regain a sense of control over ones own life.

If you are working through feelings or coming to terms with previous sexual abuse, a counsellor or therapist who is trained in responding to these matters may be able to assist you. People who have memories of childhood sexual abuse often struggle with these memories or the feelings they have left over from the abuse. Moving forward from the sexual abuse can involve talking through feelings and establishing new understandings about oneself with the help of a skilled therapist or counsellor.

If you have experienced a recent sexual assault or are considering civil or criminal action against the person who assaulted you, it may be more appropriate to contact a specific sexual assault service such as a rape crisis centre. If you are currently experiencing sexual abuse or have just been assaulted you require immediate support. You should contact your local hospital emergency department or one of the following support services.

This information is only general and is not a substitute for a professional consultation.

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