What is Sexual Violence?

What is Sexual Violence ?

Unfortunately, sexual violence can come in many forms. In order to better understand the wide range of personal violences that can occur, I have included definitions of different types of rape and sexual violence, and other kinds of violence that often arise hand-in-hand with sexual violence.


Rape victims may be forced through threats or physical means. In about 8 out of 10 rapes, no weapon is used other than physical force. Anyone may be a victim of rape: women, men or children, straight or gay

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that affects an individual's work or school performance.

Sexual violence of children often includes incest as a subset of this form of sexual violence. While there is a substantial amount of overlap in the two types of violence.

Child Abuse

Child abuse takes place when a child is harmed by someone else physically, psychologically, or by acts of neglect.

Acquaintance Rape

Acquaintance assault involves coercive sexual activities that occur against a person's will by means of force, violence, duress, or fear of bodily injury. These sexual activities are imposed upon them by someone they know.

Incest is the type of sexual contact that occurs between persons who are so closely related that their marriage is illegal (e.g., parents and children, uncles/aunts and nieces/nephews, etc.).

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