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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.

Examples of forms of sexual violence:

  • Rape or sexual assault

  • Child sexual assault and incest

  • Intimate partner sexual assault

  • Unwanted sexual contact/touching

  • Sexual harassment

  • Sexual exploitation

  • Showing one’s genitals or naked body to other(s) without consent

  • Masturbating in public

  • Watching someone in a private act without their knowledge or permission

Adapted from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Fact Sheet.


Interpersonal Violence & Sexual Assault: An LGBTQ+ Student Resource

This guide is designed to aid LGBTQ+ students in navigating interpersonal and sexual violence, understanding the role of power and control in unhealthy/abusive relationships, and accessing support services.


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Books that you can borrow from the SHARE: