Sexual harm

All adults have the same rights as anyone to enjoy sexual relationships. However, any sexual activity that a person doesn’t fully understand or want would constitute sexual harm. This can include being forced to have sex with someone, photographed sexually, or forced to watch films or look at sexual pictures, sexual harassment or voyeurism.

As a result of their condition, some adults may be more at risk of sexual exploitation, forced marriage or sexual contact than those without such conditions. The adult may have an illness, physical and learning disability and/or additional support needs which may impair their judgement and their ability to fully consent to sexual contact. 

It is widely recognised that the potential for harm exists in relationships where there is an imbalance of power. Sexual harm is no different.

If you think someone vulnerable is being sexually abused you should contact social work or the police.

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