There are many types of sexual abuse. Some victims may not even realise that they’ve experienced sexual abuse unless they become educated about the different forms of this violent act. Any type of nonconsensual sexual activity or contact qualifies as sexual abuse, including:
- Date rape
- Attempted rape
- Inappropriate touching
- Sexual harassment
Any sexual act or contact that makes someone feel uncomfortable, afraid, or intimidated could fall in the category of sexual abuse.
Sexual exploitation is the sexual abuse of an adult in exchange for attention, affection, food, drugs, shelter, protection, other basic necessities and/or money, and could be part of a seemingly consensual relationship.
The person being exploited may believe their abuser is their friend, boyfriend or girlfriend. The abuser may:
- Physically or verbally threaten the victim
- Take indecent photographs of them and circulate to others and be violent towards them
- Try to isolate them from friends and family.
Help after Rape and Sexual Assault (NHS Choices)