Sexual Abuse

What is Sexual Abuse?

Examples: rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, sexual teasing or innuendo, sexual photography, subjection to pornography or witnessing sexual acts, sexual acts or indecent exposure to which the adult has not consented or was pressured into.

People find sexual abuse particularly difficult to speak about. Patience and empathy is essential.

Woman sitting alone on bedroom floor

Possible Indicators:

Sudden change in behaviour

Sudden onset of confusion



Overt sexual behaviour/language by the adult

Self-inflicted injury

Disturbed sleep pattern/poor concentration

Difficulty in walking

Torn, stained underwear

‘Love bites’

Pain/itching/bleeding or bruising in genital area

Sexually transmitted disease/urinary tract/vaginal infection

Bruising to upper arms and thighs

Frequent vaginal and urinary tract infection

Severe upset or agitation when bathing

Pregnancy in a person who is unable to consent

Don’t Ignore It. Report It!

If you suspect a neighbour, friend or family member is being neglected or abused, or you need help yourself:
Report it to the relevant Local Authority or Police.