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Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse includes rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, sexual teasing or innuendo, sexual photography, subjection to pornography or witnessing sexual acts, indecent exposure and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the adult has not consented or was pressured into consenting.

Indicators of Sexual Abuse:

  • Significant change in sexual behaviour or attitude
  • Pregnancy in a woman who is unable to consent to sexual intercourse
  • Wetting or soiling
  • Poor concentration, withdrawn. depressed or stressed
  • Unusual difficulty in walking or sitting
  • Torn, stained or bloody underclothing
  • Bruises, bleeding, pain or itching in genital area
  • Sexually transmitted diseases, urinary tract or vaginal infection, love bites
  • Bruising to thighs, upper arm,
  • Self harming behavior, fear or emotional distress

Sexual Abuse Referral Centre (SARC)

The Saturn Centre SARC offers free support and practical help to anyone in Sussex who has experienced sexual abuse. More information and contact details are available at

If you are concerned about an adult at risk of abuse call Access Point, the contact centre for Adult Social Care, on 01273 295555. In an emergency call 999