What is sexual violence?
Sexual violence means that someone forces or manipulates someone else into unwanted sexual activity without their consent. Reasons someone might not consent include fear, age, illness, disability, and/or influence of alcohol or other drugs. Anyone can experience sexual violence including: children, teens, adults, and elders. Those who sexually abuse can be acquaintances, family members, trusted individuals or strangers.
Learn more about getting help related to sexual violence: sexualviolencesupport.stanford.edu
Examples of forms of sexual violence:
- Rape or sexual assault
- Child sexual assault and incest
- Intimate partner sexual assault
- Unwanted sexual contact/touching
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual exploitation
- Showing one’s genitals or naked body to other(s) without consent
- Masturbating in public
- Watching someone in a private act without their knowledge or permission
Adapted from the NATIONAL SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOURCE CENTER FACT SHEET.
This guide is designed to aid LGBTQ+ students in navigating interpersonal and sexual violence, understanding the role of power and control in unhealthy/abusive relationships, and accessing support services.
- INCITE! Gender Violence & Race
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center
- U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women
- The National Crime Prevention Council
- Mentors in Violence Program
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)
Books that you can borrow from the SHARE:
- American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus
- We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out
- Paying for the Party
- Between the World and Me
- Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
- I Never Called it Rape: The Ms. Report on Recognizing, Fighting and Surviving Date and Acquaintance Rape
- Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power & A World Without Rape