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Sexual Violence Resources

What is sexual violence? Sexual violence means that someone forces or manipulates someone else into unwanted sexual activity without their consent. Anyone can experience sexual violence including: children, teens, young adults, adults, and elders. Those who sexually abuse can be acquaintances, family members, trusted individuals or strangers. http://www.nsvrc.org/saam

Sexual violence is a crime. It comes in many forms.

  • Rape or sexual assault
  • Incest
  • Child sexual assault/abuse
  • Intimate Partner sexual assault
  • Unwanted sexual contact or touching
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Showing one’s genitals or naked body to other(s) without their consent
  • Masturbating in public
  • Watching someone in a sexual or private act without their knowledge or permission

Sexual abuse, also referred to as molestation, is the forcing of undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. When that force is immediate, of short duration, or infrequent, it is called sexual assault. The offender is referred to as a sexual abuser or (often pejoratively) molester. [1] The term also covers any behavior by any adult towards a child to stimulate either the adult or child sexually. When the victim is younger than the age of consent, it is referred to as child sexual abuse.

There are many types of sexual abuse, including:

A Life Restored - A blog offering encouragement and information to survivors: aliferestored.blogspot.com/

A Quiet Shame - A website dedicated to sharing survivor stories. Also provides links for survivors that wish to seek legal assistance regarding their perpetration: www.aquietshame.com

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse - Provides information, materials and on-line e-meeting for Individual and group support program for adult survivors of physical, sexual or emotional child abuse or neglect: www.ascasupport.org

Advocacy on Behalf of Women Used in Prostitution: A Handbook for Rural Advocates This handbook guides experienced battered women's advocates on providing advocacy in rural areas for women who have been prostituted. It helps advocates understand what prostitution looks like in rural areas, what prostituted women need, and how shelters and advocacy programs can best advocate for them. It also directs advocates to additional resources for women. (Download PDF) - Praxis International, Inc.

After Silence - A non-profit organization, message board and chat room for rape, sexual abuse, and sexual assault survivors. www.aftersilence.org

Askios - Self-help group for women survivors of incest providing online information and support via website, message board and email. askios.tripod.com

Butterfly Gardens- A site dedicated to victims/survivors of sexual abuse and incest. www.angelfire.com

Dancing In The Darkness - Help and support for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. A safe place to share stories, hope and courage. www.dancinginthedarkness.com

Existe Ayuda (Help Exists) Toolkit The Toolkit covers these areas: need for materials in Spanish, challenges, project background, about the community, terminology and symbols, toolkit products, acknowledgments, and references. For additional information please visit OVC - ExisteAyuda and Arte Sana.


Fort Refuge - Supporting community for survivers of all types of abuse including Child abuse, incest, rape, ritual abuse, psychological and verbal abuse. www.fortrefuge.com

Gift From Within- A non-profit organization dedicated to those who suffer from PTSD. www.giftfromwithin.org

Healing from Abuse - This site seeks to address the unique issues of the emotionally, physically, and sexually abused. Chatroom, helpful links, book recommendations, support groups, and Healing Steps,and more are included in the healing journey. healingabuse.webs.com

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