Sexual violence is sexual behavior that occurs when permission is not sought or provided. It is a major health concern with long-term wellness, opportunity, and well-being implications. Sexual violence affects individuals of all sexes, sexual identities, and ages in every community. It may be experienced or perpetrated by anybody.

Moreover, sexual violence may occur in an individual, online, or via technology, such as by publishing or distributing sexual images of another person without their knowledge.


Types of sexual violence include:

  • Contact Sexual Assault
  • Home Invasion Sexual Assault
  • Acquaintance Rape
  • Stranger Rape
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Statutory Rape
  • Spousal/Partner Rape
  • Incest
  • Blitz Sexual Assault
  • Serial Rape
  • Substance Facilitated Rape
  • Multiple Perpetrator/Gang Rape
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Date Rape

Consequences of Sexual Violence

Sexual violence may result in psychological and physical damage, such as bodily injuries, sexually transmitted illnesses, and pregnancy. Survivors may develop post-traumatic stress disorder and recurring reproductive, sexual, gastrointestinal, or cardiovascular health problems. They are also associated with unhealthy habits such as drug use, drinking, smoking, and unsafe sexual conduct.

Sexual violence trauma may influence a survivor’s career, prompting time off, poor performance, job loss, or incapacity to work. These concerns interrupt earning capacity and have a long-term impact on survivors’ and their families’ economic well-being.

Furthermore, survivors may have difficulty sustaining intimate connections, returning to work or school, and resuming routines. In maturity, sexual assault is related to intimate partner violence, and bullying beginning in middle school is associated with sexual assault in high school.

How to Prevent and Stop Sexual Violence

These steps will stop and prevent everyone from experiencing sexual violence.

  • Avoid blaming rape victims for the brutality done to them.
  • Images of violence towards women in publicity, pornography, wrestling matches, and other media must be addressed.
  • Recognize that sexual assault will not be stopped unless men are actively involved in the solution.
  • You should never take drugs or alcohol to get anyone to have a sexual relationship with you.
  • By objectifying or categorizing women, you are engaging in sexist conduct.
  • Understand that silence does not imply agreement.
  • Teach everybody you know the truth and misconceptions about sexual assault.
  • Take charge of your sexuality; don’t allow your spouse, the media, or anybody else to define it for you.
  • Interrupt any rap jokes.
  • Give your time, provide money, and push politicians to help women and men striving to stop sexual assault.

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