What is Sexual Violence?
Sexual violence is widespread in many communities and affects people of all genders and ages. The impacts of sexual violence affect individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole.
Sexual violence is any type of unwanted sexual contact. This can include words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will and without their consent.
Consent is voluntary, mutual, and can be withdrawn at any time. Reasons someone might not consent include fear, age, illness, disability, and/or influence of alcohol or drugs.
A person may use force, threats, manipulation, or coercion to commit sexual violence. They may abuse children, teens, adults, and elders. Those who sexually abuse can be acquaintances, family members, trusted individuals, or strangers.
Forms of Sexual Violence
- Rape or sexual assault
- Child sexual assault and incest
- Sexual assault by a person’s family member, spouse, or partner
- Unwanted sexual contact by a stranger
- Unwanted sexual contact/touching by ANYONE
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual exploitation and trafficking
- Exposing one’s genitals without consent
- Masturbating in public
- Watching someone in private acts without their knowledge or permission
Every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every 9 minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only 5 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison
Source: United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau. Child Maltreatment Survey, 2016 (2018).
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