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Sexual Violence Resources

What is sexual violence? Sexual violence means that someone forces or manipulates someone else into unwanted sexual activity without their consent. Anyone can experience sexual violence including: children, teens, young adults, adults, and elders. Those who sexually abuse can be acquaintances, family members, trusted individuals or strangers. http://www.nsvrc.org/saam

Sexual violence is a crime. It comes in many forms.

  • Rape or sexual assault
  • Incest
  • Child sexual assault/abuse
  • Intimate Partner sexual assault
  • Unwanted sexual contact or touching
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Showing one’s genitals or naked body to other(s) without their consent
  • Masturbating in public
  • Watching someone in a sexual or private act without their knowledge or permission

Sexual abuse, also referred to as molestation, is the forcing of undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. When that force is immediate, of short duration, or infrequent, it is called sexual assault. The offender is referred to as a sexual abuser or (often pejoratively) molester. [1] The term also covers any behavior by any adult towards a child to stimulate either the adult or child sexually. When the victim is younger than the age of consent, it is referred to as child sexual abuse.

There are many types of sexual abuse, including:

The Lamplighters - A movement for victims of incest and child sexual abuse. Offers a recovery program for children and adults. www.thelamplighters.org

The Mighty Phoenix - Offers survivors of sexual abuse information to help the healing process. themightyphoenix.webs.com

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has the largest resource library devoted to the topic of sexual violence in the world (more than 30,000 items). www.nsvrc.org

The Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. Inside, you'll find statistics, counseling resources, prevention tips, news and more. www.rainn.org

True Perspective of Sexual Trauma - Information on blame, therapy, dissociation, and anger. Includes resources, predator types and behavior patterns. http://true-perspective.org

We Are Survivors - A website that provides a platform for information about how adult survivors can cope with the effects of their trauma. www.wearesurvivors.org

Working Together Newsletter Quarterly newsletter of the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence. Subscribe

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