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Forms of Sexual Abuse

What Are the 3 Most Common Forms of Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is a serious issue that affects people of all genders, ages, and backgrounds. It is a traumatizing experience that can have long-lasting effects on a person's mental and emotional health. Sexual abuse can take many forms, and it is essential to know what they are so that you can recognize when you or someone you know may be a victim.

1. Physical Sexual Abuse

Physical sexual abuse involves any kind of forced or coerced sexual activity that involves physical contact. This can include unwanted touching or groping, sexual assault, rape, and other forms of sexual violence. Physical contact can be a result of threats or physical force, and it can happen to anyone, regardless of age or gender. Physical sexual abuse can lead to physical injuries, sexually transmitted infections, and emotional trauma, including feelings of shame, guilt, and depression.

2. Verbal Sexual Abuse

Verbal sexual abuse involves any kind of sexually explicit language or language that is used to intimidate, humiliate, or degrade a person. This can include sexual harassment, sexual comments, jokes, and other forms of verbal abuse. Verbal sexual abuse can happen in any setting, including at home, school, or work, and can have a profound impact on a person's self-esteem, relationships, and overall well-being. Verbal sexual abuse can lead to anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health problems.

3. Non-Contact Sexual Abuse

Non-contact sexual abuse involves any kind of sexual behavior that does not involve physical contact. This can include exposing oneself to another person, voyeurism, and cybersexual abuse. Non-contact sexual abuse can happen through online platforms, social media, or messages and can be difficult to detect. Non-contact sexual abuse can have similar effects to physical and verbal abuse, including feelings of shame, guilt, and low self-esteem.

Sexual Abuse Attorneys

The Zalkin Law Firm, P.C. can help victims of sexual abuse seek justice and hold those responsible accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has been affected by sexual abuse, contact us today at (800) 477-2989 to learn more about how we can help.