Types of Sexual Violence

    Sexual Violence is any sexual contact performed against your will or where your consent is gained by the threat or acts of violence. The crime of sexual violence impacts all of us—our family members, our friends, and our neighbors. Sexual violence includes all sexual acts meant to harm, humiliate, control, and/or intimidate.


Acquaintance Rape - Rape by an individual known to the victim (friend, coworker, etc.), is the most common form of rape

Child Sexual Abuse - Engaging in sexual activity with a child

Hate Crimes - Victimization of an individual based on race, religion, national origin, ethnic identification, gender or sexual orientation.

Incest - Sexual assault by a relative.

Partner Rape - Sexual acts committed against the will of a current partner, past partner, or cohabiter

Sexual Exploitation by Helping Professionals - Sexual contact of any kind by a helping professional (doctor, therapist, teacher, priest, etc.).

Drug Facilitated Sexual Violence - Use of drugs or alcohol to compromise an individual's ability to consent to sexual activity.

Sexual Harassment - Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. 

Stalking - Intentional and repeated behaviors that place a person in reasonable fear for his/her safety.

Stranger Rape - Sexual assault by an unknown assailant.

Gang Rape - Occurs when more than one person sexually assaults an individual. 

Human Trafficking - Trade of human beings as possessions (prostitution or forced labor). 



Sexual violence is a crime of power and control, not a desire for sex!!