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Rape and Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is any sexual contact carried out without your informed and active consent, whether or not you are married or in an intimate relationship. Sexual abuse can happen to women, men and children of any age, and 45% of all reported rapes are committed by a current or former partner. If you feel pressured or forced to do anything you really don't want to do, that is abuse.

What is rape and sexual abuse?

In a healthy sexual relationship, there should be no fear, no feeling of being coerced into sexual contact. Sexual assault and rape are crimes, even if you are married or in a relationship with the abuser. You have the right to say no to anything you feel uncomfortable with or to stop during sex.

Sexual abuse may include

  • Any sexual contact to which you have not willingly consented.
  • Sexual insults or taunting, calling you sexual names
  • Insisting on sexual acts which make you feel degraded or humiliated
  • Using pressure, threats or violence to make you take part in sex
  • Deliberately causing unwanted physical pain during sex
  • Forcing you to have sex after a physical assault
  • Using objects, toys, or other items without consent and to cause pain or humiliation
  • Sexual acts when you can’t consent because sleeping or drunk
  • Tying you up or other bondage/S&M when you haven't willingly agreed or ignoring agreed limits or safe words if you have
  • Refusal to use contraception
  • Deliberately passing on sexual diseases or infections
  • Forcing you to watch pornography
  • Forcing you to have sex with other people
  • Forcing you to work as a prostitute

How can I access support

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, you can contact any of the following for advice and support:

Call our Helpline on 0800 4701 505 
Call the Police on 999 in an emergency or to report a crime on 101
Call the Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service (DRASACS) on 01302 328555
Visit our website at www.drasacs.org.uk

The SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) is based in Hackenthorpe, Sheffield. Call them on 03302230938

Call the National Men's Advice Line on 0808 801 0327, or visit the website at www.mensadviceline.org.uk


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