What Are the Signs of Sexual Violence?
Sexual violence occurs when someone forces another person to engage in sexual activity. It includes rape, sexual assault and stalking. It can be committed by a family member, friend, co-worker or a stranger. It is often carried out on children, although it can also be committed by adults.
It happens to people of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, religions and economic classes. It is never the victim’s fault, and it can be devastating to a person’s health or wellbeing.
Survivors of sexual violence often have physical or psychological problems that are related to the experience, such as depression, anxiety, stress or anger. These problems can have serious effects on a victim’s mental health and well-being, including affecting their relationships.
They may also have a hard time re-establishing normal sexual relationships, developing disordered eating patterns or experiencing flashbacks to the rape during sexual activity. They may be afraid to leave their house or go out in public.
This kind of behaviour can be a warning sign that something is wrong. It can be a sign that the perpetrator is angry, depressed or has a drug problem and is trying to control their victim. It can also be a sign that they are planning other acts of violence against the victim.
Sometimes these signs can be difficult to recognise, but it is important to seek professional help if you notice any of them. This will allow you to understand what happened and how you can help the victim recover.
Rape is the intentional penetration with a penis of another person’s vagina, anus or mouth without their consent. It can include removing a condom. It can also include other types of coercive acts, such as threatening to break up with you if you do not agree to sex, taking any kind of sexual pictures or films, and denying you contraception or protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
Survivors of rape may be able to identify their assailant by smell, facial expression, clothing or hair style. They may be unable to sleep because of fear or nightmares. They may develop a paranoid belief that their attacker is following them or could harm them.
They might have an increased risk of suicide or may become withdrawn from society. They may become moody or irritable, lose interest in activities they once enjoyed or feel unable to concentrate on their work.
Many rape survivors are embarrassed to admit that they have been raped and do not report it. They may not tell a close friend or family member, so they are not getting the support they need. They may not be able to find a job or get the care they need.
There is no excuse or justification for sexual violence. It is an evil and serious crime.
It is important for anyone who has been a victim or survivor of sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault to know that they are not alone. There are many resources available to assist victims and their families.