Sexual Violence can affect anyone - children, teens, adults or elders - but help IS available.
Sexual Violence affects women, men and children throughout their lives and can be devastating for individuals, families and communities. However, help is available. Together, we can change the conditions that contribute to sexual violence.
Sexual Violence means that someone forces or manipulates someone else into unwanted sexual activity without their consent. Reasons someone might not consent include fear, age, illness, disability, and/or influence of alcohol or other drugs. Anyone can experience sexual violence, including children, teens, adults and elders. Those who sexually abuse can be acquaintances, family members, trusted individuals or strangers.
- 13% of women and 6% of men will experience sexual coercion in their lifetime
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been raped
- 28% of women and 12% of men experience unwanted sexual contact
- 81% of women and 35% of men who experienced rape, stalking or physical violence from an intimate partner reported significant impacts like injuries or symptoms of PTSD
Forms of Sexual Violence
- Rape or Sexual Assault
- Child Sexual Assault and Incest
- Intimate Partner Sexual Assault
- Unwanted Sexual Contact/Touching
- Sexual Harassment
- Sexual Exploitatation
- Showing One's Genitals or Naked Body to Other(s) Without Consent
- Masturbating in Public
- Watching Someone in a Private Act Without Their Knowledge or Permission