Sexual violence refers to sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or when mutual consent is not established. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence including non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, and sexual exploitation. Anyone can be a victim of sexual violence regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Most acts of sexual violence are committed by someone the victim knows.
What is sexual violence?
Sexual violence is non-consensual sexual penetration (anal, oral, or vaginal), intercourse, touching and/or contact, however slight and with any object, by a person to another person that is by force or without consent. It includes rape, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation. It is defined as sexual misconduct in University policy.
Sexual exploitation is taking non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for one's own benefit or the benefit of another. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:
Exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances
Engaging in voyeurism
Electronically recording, photographing, or transmitting intimate or sexual utterances, sounds, images, or information of another person
This project was supported by Grant No. 2011-WA-AX-0017 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S., DOJ.
The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.