What is Sexual Violence?

   
Sexual violence happens in every community and affects people of all genders and ages. The impacts of sexual violence affect individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole.

Sexual Violence is any type of unwanted sexual contact. This can include words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will and without their consent.

Consent is voluntary, mutual, and can be withdrawn at any time. Reasons someone might not consent include fear, age, illness, disability, and/or influence of alcohol or other drugs.

A person may use force, threats, manipulation, or coercion to commit sexual violence, they may abuse children, teens, adults, and elders. Those who sexually abuse can be acquaintances, family members, trusted individuals, or strangers.

Forms of sexual violence
  • Rape or sexual assault
  • Child sexual assault and incest
  • Sexual assault by a person’s spouse or partner
  • Unwanted sexual contact/touching
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual exploitation and trafficking
  • Exposing one’s genitals or naked body to other(s) without consent
  • Masturbating in public
  • Watching someone in private acts without their knowledge or permission 

   
24 Hour Access
Advocates are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. An Advocate can accompany you to the Hospital, Law Enforcement, Prosecutors Office or Court. If you need an Interpreter we can arrange access through the AT&T Language Line. If  you leave a message after business hours an Advocate will return your call as soon as possible.

   
Are you being controlled, criticized, sexually abused or hurt by someone?
 
Domestic and Sexual Violence is NOT consensual. It is a pattern of behavior used by one individual to establish and maintain coercive control over another. Domestic Violence consists of physical, sexual, psychological, and/or emotional abuse. Over time, the abusive behavior may become more frequent and severe.
 
It is not your fault!
 
Know that you did not cause the abuse.
 
Know that no one has the right to abuse you or your children.
 
Know that most children raised with abuse learn to use violence as one way to control others.
 
Know that relationships based on fear, power and control are abusive.
 
Know that others understand why you would want to stay and that leaving a relationship is not easy.

Know that once a pattern of abuse is established it will not end by itself; it will get worse over time.
 
Know that the danger to you increases after you leave an abuser. It is important to form a safety plan.
 
Know that domestic violence is a crime, not just a family problem.
 
Know that everyone has the right to be safe from threats and violence. YOU can take the first step and change your situation, we are here for you.
IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT.