TOPIC

Sexual Assault or Abuse



Sexual assault, also called sexual abuse, is the term used to describe any sexual behavior or act which is unwanted, especially if threatening, forced, violent, or exploitative. This includes any act received while someone is unable to give consent because they are asleep, unconscious, intoxicated, or have a disability or condition that impairs decision-making. Sexual assault can be perpetrated by anyone, whether a known and trusted partner or a stranger; as long as the behavior is unwanted, it is assault. Even a “minor” encounter with sexual assault—such as receiving an unwanted touch or a kiss—can feel incredibly traumatic because of the sudden loss of bodily autonomy.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

FindCenter Video Image
05:42

Dr. Peter Levine on Child Sexual Abuse and Relational Trauma

Dr. Peter Levine talks about child sexual abuse and relational trauma.

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image

The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma

Abuse too painful to put into words does have a language, though, a language of coded signs and symptoms that conventional therapy fails to understand.

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image

The Second Assault

Victims of childhood sexual abuse are far more likely to become obese adults. New research shows that early trauma is so damaging that it can disrupt a person’s entire psychology and metabolism.

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image
04:07

Somatic Experiencing Founder, Peter A. Levine, PhD, on Sexual Abuse Trauma

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image

Invisible Girls: Speaking the Truth about Sexual Abuse

A powerful source of healing for teen girls and young women who have experienced sexual abuse, Invisible Girls offers survivors agency and hope in an era when too many girls have suffered alone. Today, teen girls and young women are finally coming out of the shadows with their #MeToo stories.

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image

Recovery from Sexual Assault

Though sexual abuse is a traumatic and life-altering experience, recovery is possible. A compassionate therapist can often help those who have experienced rape and other forms of sexual abuse. Self-care and social support can also be vital to recovery.

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image
14:17

LGBTQueering the Narrative of Sexual Violence—Paige Leigh Baker-Braxton— TEDxChicago

Paige Leigh Baker-Braxton, Psy.D. Dr Baker-Braxton spearheads the development, implementation, and evaluation of the first LGBTQ-specific sexual assault response program in the nation. Dr. Baker-Braxton is also a Clinical Psychologist specializing in LGBT mental health and trauma Psy.D.

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image

The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Compassionate and enduring, renowned author, psychotherapist, and certified sex therapist Wendy Maltz presents a comprehensive program for healing that sensitively takes readers step-by-step through the recovery process, integrating expert advice with groundbreaking exercises, proven techniques,...

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image

To Be a Man: Fully Facing Rape and Awakening to True Masculine Power

Redefining true masculine power opens the floodgates to healing men and society as a whole

FindCenter AddIcon
FindCenter Video Image

I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

A reissue of the now-classic anthology (with more than 60,000 copies sold) of deeply moving testimonies by survivors of child sexual abuse with a new afterword by Ellen Bass, co-author of The Courage to Heal.

FindCenter AddIcon

WHAT MIGHT HELP

FindCenter AlertIcon

The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.

UP NEXT

Trauma Healing