Sexual violence is a general term used to describe any unwanted sexual activity and includes any act by violence, coercion or manipulation, regardless of the relationship to the victim and may include:
- sexual assault
- sexual exploitation
- unwanted or inappropriate contact
- sexual harassment
- revenge porn
You are experiencing sexual violence or abuse if someone forces, controls or exploits you into performing sexual acts. The abuser can be a stranger or known to you and may even be a family member or partner.
The term sexual abuse is usually used in connection to children and might include:
- Touching a child in a sexual way.
- Forcing or encouraging a child to touch a person in a sexual way.
- Making a child view sexual material, such as pictures or videos.
- Exposing or “flashing”.
- Making a child take part in any sexual activity.