Sexual Assault/Sexual Abuse
If any unwanted sexual behavior has been imposed on you by another person, it is defined as sexual abuse or molestation. This can be done by a stranger, a family member, a date, a romantic partner, a coworker, a boss, and yes, even a spouse. Sometimes, threats, violence, blackmail, and intimidation are used in these attacks, while other times, emotional manipulation and other, more subtle tactics are used. If you have experienced unwanted sexual behavior in your life, it can cause a wide array of emotions ranging from anger, fear, anxiety, depression, as well as a result in unwanted behaviors. Beginning the process of talking about what happened may be the most challenging experience you will ever share with someone. Although this process is difficult, I will work with you at your pace. It’s the first step to move forward and, with time, it will become less of a burden.