Sexual abuse is if you are engaging in sexual activity that physically or emotionally hurts you or that you are not comfortable with, simply for the pleasure of your partner.
You might feel “dirty” or “used” after engaging in sexual acts because your partner manipulated or threatened you into the act.
If you don’t feel comfortable saying “no”, it is sexual abuse. If you feel like you are punished for not engaging in sexual acts, it is sexual abuse. If you feel like the only way you receive affection from your partner is through sex, then it is sexual abuse. If you feel you are punished by being forced to have sex, then it is sexual abuse.
Like other forms of abuse it can be difficult to identify sexual abuse from your partner – the person you love and trust. But please reach out if any of the above rings true for you, and we can talk through your situation and give you our most caring advice and support if that’s what you feel you need.
You can reach us on 01795 417251 or via our live chat from Monday to Friday between 10am and 1pm.
Sex with your partner should never leave you feeling used, punished, unwanted or dirty. Sex with your partner should never leave you emotionally or physically hurt.