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Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault - When Prevention Is Not A Choice

Sex against your will can leave lasting psychological effects. Survivors of sexual assault may also have been placed at direct risk of HIV and STIs from this assault. If you feel that you have been abused, assaulted or harrassed at any point, contact the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre or the Sexual Harassment Advisor at MUN who will refer you to the appropriate resources.
 

Violence & Assault - It Could Happen To You

Domestic violence and sexual assault are prevalent in the gay community; its not just a hetrosexual issue. There can be a lot of compromising situations that you can find yourself in. Sometimes your safety zone is out of your control and what happened could be considered assault.

If you are forced (or manipulated) into doing things against your will then it is considered harassment and assault, and if you are penetrated or forced to penetrate someone against their will then it is sexual assault. If it is unsolicited, un-wanted, or non-consensual then it is sexual assault. In these circumstances you should consider getting tested and talk to a professional. Unwanted sexual advances, inappropriate touching and unsolicited sexual activities, can all be considered sexual harassment. Abuse can leave us with fear, shame, and injury caused by violence. These things can happen at any age and to anyone.

Violence also includes bullying, and homophobia. Gay Bashings are a major concern for some guys, and if you have been assaulted or harassed you can contact the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary to lodge a complaint. Call 9-1-1 and speak to them about what happened.

Abuse can appear in relationships too, it can be physical, verbal, emotional, psychological or sexual. Examples of sexual abuse are:

  • violent/rough sex or sexual assault by an abusive partner
  • being forced to have sex with other people
  • being forced into prostitution by an abusive partner
  • having unprotected sex with a partner who is having sex outside the relationship.
     

Survivors of sexual assault can contact the Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre or MUN's Sexual Harassment Advisor for more resources and information.


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