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What is sexual violence?


Sexual violence is any sexual contact or sexual behavior that occurs without your consent. Other names used for sexual assault are rape, rape and sexual harassment.

Sexual violence is about power and control, not sex or love, and includes rape, child sexual abuse, incest, cuddling, rape attempts, human trafficking, sexual harassment, or any other form of unwanted sexual contact.

Some Facts:

  • In most cases of sexual violence do not exercise

  • Most of the victims show no visible wounds on the outside.

Signs of sexual abuse:

  • Unwanted touching.

  • Rape: actual penetration or vaginal, oral or anal penetration of an object or part of the body.

  • Forcing or manipulating you to perform unwanted, hurtful or abusive acts during sexual intercourse.

  • Exploiting you when you are drunk or impossible to consent to.

  • Prevent you from avoiding pregnancy or protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases.

  • Taking sexually explicit photos or videos without your consent.

  • Forcing sex in a movie or in person for money.

  • Threatens to end the relationship if she refuses to have sex.

What is rape?

Rape is a violent crime and domination in which one person forces, forces or manipulates another person to have sex. There can be many types of rape, but the most common types are:

Dating rape is forced or forced sex within a dating relationship. A well-known rape is committed by a known victim. Nearly two-thirds of all victims between the ages of 18 and 29 reported a previous relationship with the attacker.

Drug or alcohol rape is commonly used on campuses, although drug-related rape is not limited to campuses. Alcohol is the no. 1 used in sexual assaults and on university campuses, alcohol is a factor in 90 percent of rapes.

Statutory rape is sexual intercourse between a person under 16 years of age and a person 3 years of age or older, with or without consent. In Connecticut, not everyone under 16 can legally accept sex.

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is any unwanted or unwanted sexual behavior or pressure that harasses, humiliates or intimidates people. Sexual harassment can be physical, verbal, nonverbal or visual, such as staring, sexual movements or movements.

If you are a victim, you are not alone.

Sexual violence can affect children of all ages, genders, races, genders, sexual identities, religions, and economic strata. Victims of sexual violence often feel isolated or ashamed and often do not report the assault. It was never the victim’s fault.

  • 90% of the victims know who raped them. 1 in 6 men will experience sexual abuse during their lifetime. No sexual abuse of men has been reported.

  • 1 in 3 transgender and non-sexual people experience sexual violence

  • One in three girls and one in five boys are sexually abused within 18 years.

  • 12 rape or attempted rape occurs every hour in the United States.

How can a victim be helped?

Here are few examples of good practice:

  • Trust the victim/survivor implicitly. Accept what you hear without judging.

  • Reassure victim/family that it is not their fault. Sexual assault is NEVER the fault of the victim / survivor. It is important not to ask questions which indicates that they are guilty of abuse.

  • Understand that you cannot influence how the victim/survivor feels or “not solve” the problem. Everyone reacts differently to sexual assault and recovers on their own. It is important not to assume that you know what they are feeling – almost any reaction is possible and completely normal.

  • Listen carefully and be patient. Let the victim / survivor know that you are there when they are ready to talk. When and if the victim/survivor really wants to talk about the attack, don’t dictate the information. Let us tell you what they should share in their free time.

  • Helping the victim/survivor regain control of her life. During sexual violence, power is taken away from the victim/survivor. Support decisions and choices made by victims/survivors without judgment. Try not to tell the victim / survivor what to do; Instead, help them by offering options and resources to make the right decision for them.

  • Respect the victim / survivor’s need for privacy. If the victim / family must be alone, respect this decision.

  • Don’t suggest that the victim/survivor “move on” with life and forget about rape. The victim/survivor needs an opportunity to work through the trauma of the assault and begin the healing process.

  • Respect the right of the victim/survivor to decide whether or not to report the attack to the police.

  • Don’t forget to take care of yourself and ask for help if you need it. You can better support the victim / survivor.