What is sexual violence?
Sexual violence is any act (verbal and/or physical) which breaks a person’s trust and/or safety and is sexual in nature. The term “sexual violence” includes: rape, incest, child sexual assault, date and acquaintance rape, marital or partner rape, sexual contact, sexual harassment, exposure, and voyeurism.
Under Wisconsin Law, Sexual Assault is defined as any sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent.
Sexual assault can take the form of:
Forcing a person to pose for sexual pictures
Unwanted sexual touching
Rape or attempted rape
More often, however, sexual assault involves psychological coercion and taking advantage of an individual who is under duress or incapacitated and, therefore, incapable of making a decision on his/her own (including under the influence of alcohol, drugs and/or prescription medications).
Sexual assault is a
crime motivated by a
need to control,
use sexual assault
as a weapon to hurt
and dominate others.
Rape is a form of
rape does occur,
rapes are often
committed by people
Rape or sexual assault are never the victim’s fault — no matter where or how it happens.
Common Reactions to Sexual Assault Include:
Loss of control
Sense of vulnerability
Self-blame/guilt for "allowing" the crime to happen
Feeling that these reactions are a sign of weakness
For help, please call the Family Center at (715) 421-1511 or call the National Sexual Assault Hotline | 1-800-656-HOPE(4673).