Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is a term used to describe any sexual act or behaviour performed without a person’s consent or against their will. It is a form of violence and abuse that can have serious physical, emotional, and psychological consequences for survivors.

Sexual violence can take many forms, including rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and forced prostitution. It can be perpetrated by anyone, regardless of gender, age, or relationship with the survivor. In addition, perpetrators may use physical force, coercion, or manipulation to control their victims and maintain power over them.

The effects of sexual violence can be devastating and long-lasting. Survivors may experience various physical and emotional symptoms, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. They may also struggle with issues related to trust, intimacy, and self-esteem.

It is essential to recognise that sexual violence is never the survivor’s fault. Survivors should never be blamed or shamed for what has happened to them. Instead, it is essential to provide them with support, resources, and information to help them heal and move forward.


No-one ever deserves or asks for sexual violence to happen – not even a little bit. 100% of the blame lies with the perpetrator or perpetrators.

Sexual violence is any kind of sexual activity or act (including online) that was unwanted or involved one or more of the following:

  • pressure
  • manipulation
  • bullying
  • intimidation
  • threats
  • deception
  • force

In other words, any kind of sexual activity or act that took place without consent.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, resources are available to help. It is never too late to seek help and start the healing process.