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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. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

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.

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.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

“I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . .

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

In 2015 Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly at the age of forty-eight. Sandberg and her two young children were devastated, and she was certain that their lives would never have real joy or meaning again.

WHAT MIGHT HELP

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

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