What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence is the use of sexual actions or words that are unwanted by another person. It can include forcible or non-forcible rape, or unwanted touching of sexual body parts (breasts, buttocks, vagina, anus). Sexual violence can also include unwanted exposure. One in five woman and one in 50 men will experience some type of sexual violence in their lifetime. Sexual violence is a serious public health concern. Unfortunately, these crimes are dramatically underreported.