What is Sexual Violence?
Sexual violence refers to sexual activity where consent is not obtained or freely given. It occurs any time a person is forced, coerced or manipulated into any unwanted sexual activity.
The range of sexual violence includes:
- Sexual assault
- Sexual exploitation
- Unwanted or inappropriate sexual contact
- Sexual harassment
Sexual violence is a crime. It is motivated by the need to control, humiliate, or harm. Perpetrators of sexual violence use sex as a weapon to dominate others. Most survivors of sexual violence knew their perpetrators before the assault.
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