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Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse includes: rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, sexual teasing or innuendo, sexual photography, subjection to pornography or witnessing sexual acts.

Possible indicators of sexual abuse

  • Significant change in sexual behaviour or attitude
  • Pregnancy in a woman who is unable to consent to sexual intercourse
  • Changes to urinary continence or soiling
  • Poor concentration
  • Person appears withdrawn, depressed, or stressed
  • Unusual difficulty or sensitivity in walking or sitting
  • Torn, stained or bloody underclothing
  • Bruises, bleeding, pain or itching in genital area
  • Sexually transmitted diseases, urinary tract or vaginal infection
  • Bruising to thighs, upper arms, or neck, or ‘love bites’
  • Self-harming behaviour
  • Showing signs of fear or emotional distress
  • Bruises around the breasts or genital areas
  • Unexplained sexually transmitted infections
  • Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
  • Torn, stained or bloody underclothing
  • Inappropriate displays of physical affection or sexual touching by a care provider
  • The adult who needs care and support telling you they have been sexually assaulted, raped or forced to engage in sexual activity to which they have not consented.


Last updated: Mar 08 2024

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