Sexual abuse is a sexual act forced on an individual without their consent. Sexual touching, forcing the victim to touch the abuser, and showing a non-consenting individual pornography are all examples of abuse. Anyone can be the victim of sexual abuse, regardless of age or gender.
Child sexual abuse is any sexual act done to a child under the age of consent. The age of consent is 17 in the State of Illinois. Child sexual abuse often has a lasting negative impact on the survivor, but counseling and support can help reduce that impact significantly.
If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual abuse, we can help! Contact our 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-800-625-1414 to receive free, confidential support.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is any non-consensual sexual act involving penetration of any kind. Anyone can be the victim of sexual assault, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, or marital status.
After a sexual assault, survivors may experience a variety of emotions. It is completely normal to feel angry, confused, guilty, ashamed, or even numb. The important thing to know is that regardless of how you feel, what happened to you was not your fault, and you are not alone.
If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, we can help. Call our 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-800-625-1414 to receive free, confidential support.