quick facts on sexual violence in the united states
what is sexual violence?
sexual violence is
both physical and psychological, it encompasses violent and non-consensual behavior including acts that involve physical contact and those that do not involve physical contact such as verbal harassment.
what is consent?
noun - agreement for something to occur.
verb - to give permission for something to happen.
what is trauma?
a single or ongoing experience that subjectively threatens a person's life, bodily integrity, or sanity, and overwhelms a person's ability to cope.
what is harassment?
aggressive pressure, coercion, continuously pursuing, hassling, or intimidation
what is assault?
an attack, unwanted contact, aggression, always a lack of consent.
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Originally published October 28, 2018
Last updated December 14, 2019
By Kristance Harlow