What Is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence is any intentional act of a sexual nature that is forced on another person, regardless of their relationship, through physical force, coercion, intimidation, humiliation, causing or taking advantage of another’s drug or alcohol intoxication, or taking advantage of another person’s inability to consent. Sexual violence includes:

  • Rape
  • Unwanted touching
  • Sexual harassment
  • Unwanted sexual comments
  • Threats of violence as related to sexual violence
  • Threats of other consequences such as job loss
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Stalking
  • Forced prostitution or human trafficking.

Sexual assault can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, geographic location, ability or social status.

Attempted or completed acts of a sexual nature without the active consent of all parties are criminal acts