It can also include the involvement of people in sexual activities where one party is in a position of trust, power or authority.
Sexual abuse can include:
- anal sex
- incest (sexual intercourse between family members and close relatives)
- sexual acts to which the vulnerable adult has not agreed, or could not agree or was pressurised into agreeing
- being forced to watch pornography
- being photographed or filmed during sexual acts without consent
- not having a choice about a care worker of the same sex to undertake intimate personal care.
Indicators of sexual abuse can include:
- overt sexualised behaviour or language where not previously used
- bruising, bleeding, soreness, cuts in genital or breast area
- difficulty in walking or sitting due to discomfort in genital area
- torn, stained or bloody underclothing
- depression / stress
- panic attacks
- deliberate self-harm
- disturbed sleep patterns
- changes in usual behaviours, routines, appearance or dress e.g. sudden need to constantly wash.
What should I do?
If you, or another adult you know is being harmed in any way by another person, please do not ignore it. You should contact Social Care Direct on 0208 359 5000. Any information you provide to us will be treated in the strictest confidence. To find out more about what happens after you report abuse view our download.
Or contact the police or call an ambulance (999) if the person is in danger, or needs medical treatment.