Abuse is the mistreatment by one individual that causes harm to another person. Abuse is used for one purpose and one purpose only: to gain and maintain total control over someone else. An abuser doesn’t “play fair.” Abusers use fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb. HelpGuide.org Sexual abuse and assault is defined as a sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent. www.RAINN.org If you have suffered from abuse. We offer many resources to help you process what you have been through and support you as you move forward to healing.TheHopeLine is a safe place to examine your abuse. After 25 years of talking with young adults we’ve heard it all, never judged, and provided hope.