If you are feeling pressured to do something you don't want to do, speak up or leave the situation. It is better to risk a relationship ending or hurting someone's feelings than to do something you aren't ready or willing to do.
Some sexual coercion is against the law or violates school or workplace policies. If you are younger than 18, tell a trusted adult about what happened. If you are an adult, consider talking to someone about getting help and reporting the person to the local authorities. You could talk to a counselor, the human resources department, or the local police.
Sexual coercion can be social or emotional pressure to force you into sexual activity that you do not want or agree to. See the chart below for ways someone might use sexual coercion:
Ways someone might use
What he or she may say
Wearing you down by asking for sex again
Making you feel like it's too late to say no
Telling you that not having sex will hurt your relationship
Lying or threatening to spread rumors about you
Threatening your children or other family members
Threatening your job, home, or school career
Some possible responses include:
"I do like you, but I'm not ready for sex."
"If you really care for me, you'll respect that I don't want to have sex."
"I don't owe you an explanation or anything at all."
Be clear and direct with the person coercing you. Tell him or her how you feel and what you do not want to do. If the other person is not listening to you, leave the situation. If you or your family is in physical danger, try to get away from the person as quickly as possible.