Sexual abuse is any forced sexual act or the use of another person's sexuality. Sexual abuse has serious consequences for the physical and mental health. Not only does it cause physical injury, but it also increases the risk of problems with sexual and reproductive health, with painful long-term consequences.
Its impact on mental health may prove as serious and prolonged as the physical effects. Sexual abuse can lead to suicide attempts, HIV infection, or murder; the latter can be done during or after sexual assault in the form of honor killings. Sexual abuse can also strongly undermine the social status of the victims, if they are stigmatized and ostracized, in particular, by their relatives and friends.
Coercion-driven intercourse can bring the rapist sexual satisfaction, although its primary purpose, as a rule, is the assertion of power and control over the victim. People who force their spouses into the intercourse consider their actions admissible on this very ground. This can also be used to punish people for the violation of social or moral norms, such as adultery or being in a public place while intoxicated.