Understanding Sexual Violence

What is sexual violence?  Sexual violence is any type of  sexual contact including sexual assault and rape.

-This isn’t just sex or sexual activity it also includes words and actions like harassment and no consensual sharing of private images such as “revenge porn”

Victims are NEVER to blame – It is never the victims fault.  No matter what someone is wearing, how they were acting, if they were drinking or what type of relationship they had with the person sexual violence is not ok.

Learn the facts about sexual violence

-1 in 2 women have experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime.

-1 in 5 men have experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime.

-1 in 5 women have experienced completed or attempted rape in their lives.

-41% of women reported experiencing physically aggressive street harassment.

-1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner.

-Women have 50%-95% chance of developing post-traumatic stress disorder after being raped.

-18% of men reported experiencing verbal street harassment.

-Among college women 9 out of 10 victims of sexual assault knew the person who sexually assaulted them.

Sex and Consent

-Sex without consent isn’t sex.  It’s sexual assault.

-Consent must be freely given.  At any point someone can change their mind.  Even if they say yes at first and then change their mind to No then No means No. The person must also be aware of what is going on in order to say yes or no.

-Consent needs to be clear and enthusiastic.  The absence of “NO” or silence does not mean “YES”.

-Past consent does not mean current or future consent.

-Anytime a persons mind is altered by drugs or alcohol then clear consent is not possible.  A person who is intoxicated or impaired cannot give consent.

If you are currently in an unhealthy relationship its never too late to make the decision to leave.  You can get help here:

www.hotline.org

www.cmsac.org

www.ohe.state.mn.us

www.nsvrc.org/sexual-violence-reporting-tools

 

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