What is Sexual Violence?
Sexual violence is defined as a sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent (consent that is explicit and enthusiastic). Sexual violence occurs when a person is forced, coerced, or manipulated into sexual activity. Sexual violence describes unwanted sexual contact such as sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, threatened sexual violence, or peeping. Sexual harassment and threatened sexual violence often involved unwanted verbal sexual advances or comments. Sexual assault and rape involve unwanted physical sexual contact. Sexual violence is about power and control and not about sexual attraction.
What Does Sexual Violence Look Like?
If you are forced, pressured, coerced, or manipulated into sexual activity that you do not want — even if you had sex with the person before, know the person, trusted the person, didn’t fight back or say no, were using drugs or alcohol, haven’t told anyone, or it happened a long time ago, you could be experiencing sexual violence. Sexual violence includes being touched, grabbed, or groped without your explicit and enthusiastic consent or in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable. You could be a victim-survivor of sexual violence if you are or have been:
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