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Building Community Free From Sexual Violence
What is Sexual Violence?
There are many actions that fall into the category of sexual violence: cat-calls, lewd comments, jokes, touching, groping, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and coercion,
incest, childhood sexual abuse, and rape. Sexual violence can be perpetrated against anyone and by anyone. It happens to people of every race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status, and economic status. Sexual violence is a widespread and destructive force in the world, and
here at The Center for Hope and Healing we are working to eliminate it from our community.
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault can be defined as any unwanted sexual activity or conduct in which a person is threatened, coerced, forced, or manipulated into sexual assault includes, but is not limited to, touching or groping of genital or private areas, child molestation, and rape. In a sexual assault, consent to the act has not been given.
What is Rape?
Rape is defined as the penetration of any orifice (oral, anal, or vaginal) with any object, like body parts or inanimate objects against someone's will. Rape is one form of sexual violence.
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