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Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse includes:

  • rape

  • indecent exposure

  • sexual harassment

  • inappropriate looking or touching

  • sexual teasing or innuendo

  • sexual photography

  • subjection to pornography or witnessing sexual acts

  • indecent exposure and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the adult has not consented or was pressured into

Potential indicators of sexual abuse

The following list may be indicators of many different problems so it is important not to jump to conclusions too quickly. Some of the indicators of sexual abuse could be as follows:

  • a sudden change in behaviour
  • sudden onset of confusion
  • incontinence
  • withdrawal
  • overtly sexual behaviour/language by the vulnerable adult
  • self-inflicted injury
  • disturbed sleep pattern/poor concentration
  • difficulty in walking
  • torn, stained underwear
  • love bites
  • pain or itching, bruising or bleeding in the genital area
  • sexually transmitted disease/urinary tract/vaginal infection
  • bruising to upper thighs and arms
  • frequent infection
  • severe upset or agitation when being bathed etc
  • pregnancy in a person unable to consent.

Sexual Abuse Helpline

Rape Crisis

National Freephone Tel: 0808 802 999

Rape Crisis (external website)

Useful Documents

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