GNWT HSS

Sexual Abuse

 

Sexual abuse and exploitation includes all forms of sexual assault, sexual harassment or sexual exploitation. Sexual abuse incorporates elements of physical abuse and emotional abuse. Examples include:

  • all forms of sexual assault, sexual harassment or sexual exploitation (these are criminal offences in Canada);
  • forcing a person to participate in any unwanted, unsafe or degrading sexual activity;
  • using ridicule or other tactics to try to defame, control or limit a person’s sexuality or reproductive choices; and/or 
  • rape, sodomy or exhibition.