Last Updated: July 27, 2018

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Definition - What does Abuse mean?

Abuse is the offensive treatment of a living being. It is done to gain benefit or gratification, impose authority, or express perceived superiority. It manifests in different forms. It can be physical, emotional, or verbal. Physical abuse includes sexual assault and rape, which are criminal offenses under practically all jurisdictions. Women and children are the usual victims.

Kinkly explains Abuse

Sexual abuse is, unfortunately, a common form of abuse. It includes unsolicited sexual behavior, sexual assault, rape, and statutory rape. Women are usually the victims. Based on statistics, the abuse is often perpetrated by people within the victim's social circle. It is common for victims to feel the stigma from the abuse. Several government and private organizations have been established to extend psychological help and support to victims of abuse.

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