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
- 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