Sexual Abuse

Healthy sexual experiences always start with a positive, enthusiastic, “yes” from everyone who is involved . . They build you up, make you feel safe, happy, capable and truly cared for. Unhealthy sexual experiences can leave you feeling scared, betrayed, cheap, hurt, small and unsure of yourself. Almost half of all the people we surveyed have experienced some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime.

What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse is sometimes called rape, but it can include so much more. It includes being exposed to unwanted sexual behavior or being forced to participate in sexual activity like touching, kissing, oral contact or any kind of intercourse that happens without consent.

Calgary is home to Connect Family and Sexual Abuse Network – we’re here to help if your gut says something about a sexual experience you have had isn’t quite right. We’re not here to make judgments or tell you what to do. We are here to help YOU decide what’s healthy and what’s not. And to help you find what you need – at your own pace – and confidentially.

Signs of sexual abuse

Almost half of all the people in Calgary have experienced some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime. Click here for some of the warning signs.

You Are Not Alone – Stories of Sexual Abuse

If you’ve experienced an unwanted or forced sexual experience, you’re not alone. Click here for some stories about people who’ve experienced unwanted sexual attention or forced sex. Do you see any similarities with sexual experiences you have had?

We understand that sometimes getting the help you need can be scary, embarrassing or just confusing. But Connect is none of those things. We’re a friendly, easy confidential service that helps you — or someone you know — find the support you need. It’s for anyone who needs help and the people who care about them.

What if I've Been Sexually Assaulted?

We are here to help, please call us.If you are experiencing or have questions about sexual abuse and sexual assault please call...1.403.237.58881.877.237.5888 Toll Free in Alberta
If you are experiencing or have questions about domestic and relationship abuse please call...1.403.234.7233(SAFE)1.866.606.7233 Toll Free in Alberta

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