What is Sexual Violence?

What is it?

Sexual violence is a lot more than rape. Everything from sexist jokes to assault contributes to a culture that condones and supports sexual violence.

Sexual Harassment

Sexist jokes, offensive and suggestive comments about someone’s body, leering, pressure to go out with someone or have sex after someone’s said no, or humiliating and insulting comments about gender or sexual orientation are just some of the ways in which people are made to feel unsafe and disempowered.

Verbal Assault

Verbal assault is not a joke and it’s not harmless. Calling others names is damaging and even calling your friends bitch or slut may seem funny, but violent and disrespectful language contributes to the problem rather than the solution.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is any unwanted touch of a sexual nature from fondling to forced kissing or intercourse. Most sexual assaults don’t happen with a stranger but someone you know. It can also happen in a dating relationship. Rape isn’t about sex – it’s about power and control and is motivated by a desire to dominate.

Childhood Sexual Abuse

Any forced sexual activity or coerced sexuality by an adult against a person less than 16 years old. While it may have happened years before, you could still be profoundly affected.