Sexual abuse, also known as sexual assault, is any sort of sexual activity that one doesn’t agree to which includes, inappropriate touching, vaginal, anal, or oral penetration, sexual intercourse that one says no to, rape, attempted rape, as well as child molestation.
Sexual abuse is usually verbal or visual. It can also be anything that forces a person to be in unwanted sexual contact. There are many examples of sexual abuse like voyeurism, exhibitionism, incest, and sexual harassment. Voyeurism means when a person has sexual interest in people that are engaged in private intimate behaviors. Exhibitionism refers to one’s desire of exposing his/her parts of their body in public. Incest is sexual intercourse between family members. Sexual abuse can happen anywhere by anyone whether it’s a stranger or someone a person knows. Most sexually abused women suffer serious health problems as well as emotional problems.
According to “Violence Against Women: Partner and Sexual Assault” (2004), it is estimated that there is 5.3 million interpersonal violence victimizations that have occurred among the US women of ages 18 years and older. This has resulted in nearly 2 million injuries with more than 550,000 requiring medical aid. A recent survey has shown that approximately 1 out of 5 female students that are between grades 9 and 12 have reported that they have been sexually and/or physically abused by their date (Donohoe, 2004). Dating violence is usually at increased risk when there is substance usage involved. It is also found that fifteen percent to twenty percent of women that are seen in primary care clinics are abused within the past years. Also, in the emergency departments, the 22% to 35% of women that are treated for trauma are direct result of violence. The victims of domestic violence include one quarter of women that attempt suicide and one quarter of women that are treated for psychiatric symptoms. Also, women that are in depression have lifetime prevalence of 55%of physical abuse (Violence Against Women: Partner and Sexual Assault, 2004). Donohoe (2004) maintained that the most common areas of beating are the abdomen, head, and breasts with eight percent to twenty percent estimated incidence of abuse in pregnancy. The risk of low birth weight, delayed prenatal care, and pre-term labor is increased if a woman is abused during pregnancy. During their childhood, two thirds of the teen mothers were either abused or raped and mothers of abused children, 50% to 70% of them have been abused themselves (Donohoe, 2004).
According to the article "Alcohol and Sexual Assault" (2000) 33% to 46% of women that report rapes are physically abused. Also, there are 40% of college women that report attempted/completed rape and sexual contact outside of school. Surprisingly more than 25% of college men admit that they have used sexual coercive behaviors. Patterson, D. (2011) maintained that rape is seven percent of all violent crimes. Rape...