Comment to 'Being Abused? What You Can Do About Domestic Violence.'
  • Signs Of Sexual Abuse:

    • Forcing you to dress in a sexual way
    • Insulting you in sexual ways or calls you sexual names
    • Forcing or manipulating you into to having sex or performing sexual acts
    • Holding you down during sex
    • Demanding sex when you're sick, tired or after hurting you
    • Hurting you with weapons or objects during sex
    • Involving other people in sexual activities with you against your will
    • Ignoring your feelings regarding sex
    • Forcing you to watch pornography
    • Purposefully trying to pass on a sexually transmitted disease to you

    Signs Of Sexual Coercion:

    • Making you feel like you owe them sex. Because you're in a relationship, because you've had sex before, because they spent money on you or bought you a gift
    • Giving you drugs and alcohol to "loosen up" your inhibitions
    • Playing on the fact that you're in a relationship, saying things such as: "Sex is the way to prove your love for me," "If I don't get sex from you I'll get it somewhere else"
    • Reacting negatively with sadness, anger or resentment if you say no or don't immediately agree to something
    • Continuing to pressure you after you say no
    • Making you feel threatened or afraid of what might happen if you say no
    • Trying to normalize their sexual expectations: ex. "I need it, I'm a man"

    Go to this page: The National Domestic Violence Hotline: Sexual Abuse

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