Sexual abuse is when a person, like a coach, a therapist, a volunteer or other, wants to engage in sexual activities with you. It can happen in a myriad of ways and does not necessarily include physical contact. Sexual abuse can be very frightening, but it’s never the victim’s fault! [3; 4; 5; 10; 14; 26; 32; 33]
You may also be the victim of a subtler form of sexual violence. In this case, we are talking about sexual harassment
. This is when people say sexually connoted things, make sexually connoted gestures or display sexually connoted behaviours that are not wanted and which often occur repeatedly. Examples of sexual harassment are when people whistle at us, make offending sexual jokes, make suggestive, vulgar gestures, etc. These behaviours are just as unacceptable coming from your coach or any other professional. You do not have to accept these.