Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse Against Women

Survivors of sexual abuse face numerous challenges that often affect their physical, emotional and psychological well-being. However, when it comes to sexual abuse against women the circumstances and challenges they face are unique due to societal norms and gender-based discrimination. In many cultures around the world, there is a pervasive acceptance of sexual abuse of women. This normalization of abuse can lead to victim-blaming and a lack of support for survivors. Women may also face pressure to remain silent about their experiences, further isolating them and preventing them from seeking help.

Sexual abuse can have a profound impact on a woman's mental health. Survivors often grapple with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression as a direct consequence of the trauma they've experienced. The societal pressure and gender-based discrimination they face may exacerbate these mental health issues, pushing them into a cycle of self-blame and guilt. This can be further complicated by a lack of mental health resources specifically designed for women survivors of sexual abuse, making it harder for them to obtain the help they need.

We Can Help

If you or a loved one is a female survivor of sexual abuse, our sexual abuse team is here to help you.

As a law firm that prides itself on full-circle care, we offer a welcoming, compassionate and empathetic ear to hear from people who have survived unimaginable situations.

When you contact us for a no obligation, free consultation, we will take the time to ensure you feel respected, dignified and heard as you explain what happened.

If we believe we can be of help, we will help you understand the many options you have to seek justice, healing, relief and closure as a survivor of sexual assault.

Contact a member of our sexual assault team today to confidently work towards better days ahead. 


If you suspect that someone you know has been sexually abused, it is important to be aware of the signs and know how to support them.

Changes in Behavior

One of the most noticeable signs of sexual abuse in women is a sudden change in behavior. This could include becoming withdrawn, avoiding social situations or close relationships, or exhibiting aggressive or self-destructive behavior. Women who have been sexually abused may also experience mood swings, depression, anxiety, and feelings of shame or guilt.

Physical Signs

In some cases, sexual abuse can leave physical signs on a woman's body. These may include unexplained bruises, cuts or scratches in the genital area, pain during urination or bowel movements, and sexually transmitted infections. Women may also experience a loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, or physical complaints such as headaches or stomach aches.

Sexualized Behavior

Sexually abused women may exhibit sexualized behavior that is inappropriate for their age or development. This could include engaging in promiscuous behavior, dressing provocatively, or engaging in sexual acts with multiple partners. Some women may also display a preoccupation with sex or an intense fear of intimacy.

Difficulty Trusting Others

Sexual abuse can shatter a person's ability to trust others, especially those in positions of authority. Women who have been sexually abused may struggle to form and maintain healthy relationships, and may avoid situations where they are alone with someone else. They may also have difficulty expressing their emotions and may feel disconnected from others.

Substance Abuse

Many women who have been sexually abused turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with the trauma. This can lead to substance abuse problems, which can further complicate recovery and healing. 

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At Jellinek Ellis Gluckstein Lawyers, we recognize and respect the sensitivity of personal information.

Understandably, you may have concerns about your privacy. We can take steps to protect your privacy, even in court, by beginning your case with your initials instead of your name.

Taking that first step to contact a law firm to discuss how you were hurt by sexual abuse can be challenging, but when that call is made to Jellinek Ellis Gluckstein you can trust it will be received with all the compassion, professionalism and respect that you need and deserve.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.