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What is sexual violence?


Video: Learn about the many forms of sexual violence.

Sexual violence is a broad term. It includes behaviours and actions that are sexual in nature – either physical or psychological – that are unwanted, coerced or committed without consent.

Sexual Violence can be:

  • a single occurrence, or can be ongoing by the same or different perpetrator(s)
  • experienced by people of all genders, however, it is mostly experienced by women, children (including boys) and transgender and gender variant people
  • experienced by people of any age
  • is most likely perpetrated by someone known to the victim/survivor
  • in-­‐person or online (i.e. using social media such as Facebook and Tinder, sharing nude pictures, texting)

Examples of sexual violence

  • stalking
  • voyeurism
  • molestation
  • sexual abuse
  • indecent exposure
  • sexual harassment
  • cyber – sexual harassment
  • unwanted sexual comments
  • unwanted touching or advances
  • the denial of another person's sexual decision – making rights
  • removal of or failure to use a condom during intercourse without consent
  • coercion of another person's sexuality by physical or psychological intimidation

What is consent?

Find out what is and isn't consent
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