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Fact Sheet developed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Sexual violence affects women, men and children throughout their lives and can be devastating for individuals, families, and communities. However, help is available. Together, we can change the conditions that contribute to sexual violence.
What is sexual violence?
Sexual violence means that someone forces or manipulates someone else into unwanted sexual activity without their consent. Reasons someone might not consent include fear, age, illness, disability, and/or influence of alcohol or other drugs. Anyone can experience sexual violence including: children, teens, adults, and elders. Those who sexually abuse
can be acquaintances, family members, trusted individuals or strangers.
Forms of sexual violence
Facts about sexual violence
FACT: Chances are you know someone who has been sexually assaulted.
FACT: Victims usually know their assaulter.
FACT: Rape is the least reported and convicted violent crime in the U.S.
There are many reasons why victims may choose not to report to law enforcement or tell anyone about what happened to him/her. Some include:
FACT: Sexual violence is preventable.
By working with your community’s sexual assault center, you can:
FACT: Help is available
- The Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center can provide
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