Information about Sexual Violence

There is no right or wrong way to feel after being sexually assaulted. People are different and they deal with trauma in many ways. Know that these reactions are normal and can diminish with time.

What is Sexual Violence?  

Sexual Violence (SV) is any kind of sexual activity or act that took place without consent. SV can be perpetrated against ANYONE, by anyone. This can include family, intimate partners, acquaintances and strangers. Usually, SV involves one or more of the following: pressure, manipulation, bullying, coercion, intimidation, threats, deception, or force. All forms of sexual violence exist including physical, verbal, or digital (computer/phone). Sexual violence includes rape, groping, forced kissing, sexual harassment, and other sexual acts. Sexual violence can happen to anyone regardless of gender, age, race, income level, sexual orientation, ability and/or lifestyle. 

What is Consent?

Consent should be enthusiastic and given each time sexual activity occurs. Sexual activity without your consent is illegal and it is wrong. Consent must be freely given and informed, and a person can change their mind at any time. Consent is more than a yes or no. It is a dialogue about desires, needs, and level of comfort with different sexual interactions. 

What is a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam? 

Sexual assault forensic exams provide patients both medical care and evidence collection after incidents of sexual violence. Forensic nurses extensively trained in trauma-informed care and evidence collection will provide one-on-one patient care.

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