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About Sexual Violence

Children

Child sexual abuse is an exploitation of power that takes away a child’s right to healthy and trusting relationships.

Teens

The experience that youth 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.

Women

Sexual violence is a widespread social problem that affects women from all backgrounds (CDC, 2010; Fanflik, 2007).

Men

Men
Nearly 24 percent of men experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime (CDC, 2010).

LGBTQ

People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) experience sexual violence at higher rates than people who identify as heterosexual.

Oppression & Sexual Violence

Victims of sexual violence are affected by many forms of oppression, including racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism and others.

Sexual Offenders

There is no single “profile” or set of characteristics to describe people who commit sexual offenses.