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About Sexual Violence
Child sexual abuse is an exploitation of power that takes away a child’s right to healthy and trusting relationships.
The experience that young people have with sexual violence can take on many forms including sexual harassment, pressure in dating relationships to engage in sexual behaviors, or pressure to send sexual pictures or texts.
Sexual violence is a widespread social problem that affects women from all backgrounds (CDC, 2010; Fanflik, 2007).
Nearly 24 percent of men experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime (CDC, 2010).
People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) experience sexual violence at higher rates than people who identify as heterosexual.
Sexual violence does not occur in isolation. Victims of sexual violence are affected by many forms of oppression, including racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism and others.
There is no single “profile” or set of characteristics to describe people who commit sexual offenses.