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You are NOT responsible for, nor do you deserve any abuse you receive, no matter what the circumstance. If you are experiencing current incidents of abuse, you deserve to receive support from people who understand the reality of physical and sexual violence. This list is intended to be used for your personal information only and describes only some abusive behaviors.
What is Physical Abuse?
You have been physically abused if another person has:
Sometimes these forms of physical abuse do not result in physical injury. However, the atmosphere of fear and violence these acts create is abusive and results in the emotional pain that accompanies physical abuse.
What is Sexual Abuse?
You have been sexually abused or harassed if another person has:
Sexual abuse is NOT just forced intercourse.
All forms of coerced sexual contact or exploitation constitute sexual abuse.
What is Emotional Abuse?
You have been emotionally abused if another person has: