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
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.
Follow this link to RAINN to find statistics about sexual violence.
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