Sexual Violence is an umbrella term that covers any range of things from child sexual abuse, to incest, rape, sexual harassment, sexual assault, voyeurism, and many others types of violence. Sexual assault is a term often used to describe any sexual act of coercion, force, or threat of force against another person’s will, while rape usually refers to some form of penetration. National studies show that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men are likely to experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetime.
Although the assault can take many forms, the common element is the loss of power and unwanted sexual contact the victim experiences. Like other forms of violence, it crosses all age, gender, and socio- economic lines and ultimately affects everyone. Sadly, even today victims are often blamed in some way for sexual violence when the truth is that no one “asks for” or deserves to be abused in this way.
For more information about Sexual Violence, please visit Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN): www.rainn.org
Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) www.sarcoregon.org
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission www.eeoc.gov/facts/fs-sex.html
The Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) www.sexualassaultresources.org