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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:

La Víctima y la Sobreviviente: A Latina Sexual Assault Victim Advocate's Toolkit This valuable new toolkit contained both original information created by Arte Sana as well as translations of existing data. The material is organized into ready-to-use formats including five PowerPoint presentations that may be used with an LCD projector or as transparencies. This unique resource was created for bilingual victim advocates, to promote healthy Latin@ communities, enhance sexual violence prevention efforts, and build awareness about victim rights. Arte Sana

Male Survivor - A community established to help male survivors of sexual victimization. Provides information, chat, and message boards. www.malesurvivor.org

National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women Resources available at http://new.vawnet.org/category/index_pages.php?category_id=15#19

Off My Knees - A blog to help promote supportive conversation between victims and their families. michaelbaumann.wordpress.com

Pandora's Aquarium - A non-profit registered charitable organization that provides a message board, information and chat room for survivors and their supporters. www.sexualassaultlibrary.org

Stop It Now - Offers an online resource for survivors of childhood sexual abuse that helps to answer common questions related to recovery. Also offers a help hotline 1-888-PREVENT (1-888-773-8368) www.stopitnow.org

Survivor's Voice - A website dedicated to help survivors of clergy abuse. www.survivorsvoice.org

Survivors and Families Forum - Offers articles, books, and forum resources for survivors and their families. www.sandf.org

Survivors Can Thrive - Meditations, resources and tips for sexual abuse survivors. www.survivorscanthrive.com

Survivors Sanctuary - A safe place of support and resources for survivors of abuse, sexual, mental or physical. Everyone is welcome regardless of gender. www.webring.org/hub/survivors

Taalk - A website designed to bring resources and educational materials to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. www.survivorsvoice.org

The Hope of Survivors - Provides support, hope and encouragement for vicitms of clergy sexual abuse and misconduct. www.thehopeofsurvivors.com

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