SEXUAL ABUSE – for example non-consensual, unwanted sexual activity – (forcing or pressuring someone to have sexual intercourse is rape) touching, groping, being forced to watch pornographic material or participate in it, being forced or blackmailed into sexual acts with other people; forcing children to watch sexual acts; sexual name-calling; imposition of dress codes upon a partner; involvement in the sex trade, sex trafficking. The most important bit to remember is that being pressured or forced to have sex when you don’t want to is a crime.
CHILD ABUSE We have been made aware through the press and news coverage of cases of child abuse. The abuse of children is particularly abhorrent. It can be as much about a lack of love and affection and care as it can be about physical or sexual abuse and we list here some of the […]
FORCED MARRIAGE – where one or both parties do not consent to their marriage (or are unable to due to vulnerabilities). Victims can experience physical, psychological, financial, sexual and emotional pressures from family members or their communities to get married which then can lead to issues of honour based violence.
HONOUR BASED VIOLENCE – when an incident or a crime has been committed in order to defend the ‘honour’ of a family or a community. These incidents are used as a means of controlling activity and behaviour within families and communities because of the ‘shame’ that is brought when an individual does not comply with […]
INTERNET/DIGITAL ABUSE is the misuse of the internet for harmful intent and can involve harassment, stalking, threatening behaviour, sexual exploitation, trolling, revenge porn, bullying, intimidation, bait-out pages, sexting, grooming, radicalising, ID theft, fake profiles. Sadly, social media and the internet can be used with bad intent. Falling victim to online abuse whilst using various social […]