Sexual abuse is unwanted sexual activity with a person who is using force, manipulation, threats, to take advantage of victims not able or willing to give consent. Most victims know their abusers. These could be family members, coaches, other authority figures or trusted persons.
Immediate reactions to sexual abuse include shock, fear, denial, long term anxiety, PTSD, depression, and/or anger. Memories of past sexual abuse may resurface later in life, some in the form of flashbacks or nightmares. Signs may include declining grades, withdrawal from social activies, change in mood or behavior and avoidance.
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