What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence is generally defined as any type of sex act committed upon a person without that person’s consent. Sexual violence includes a continuum of different types of acts and contexts, such as: Acquaintance Rape, Stranger Rape, Marital Rape, Statutory Rape, Child Sexual Abuse, and Sexual Harassment.

Sexual Violence consists of a range of behaviors and acts including but not limited to: Unwanted or forced vaginal, oral, or anal penetration, Unwanted fondling, Exhibitionism, and Voyeurism

Common Responses to Sexual Violence:

There is no one typical response to sexual violence but many survivors experience a range of responses such as:

  •  Fear and anxiety
  • Sadness and depression
  • Intrusive memories of the assault
  • Emotional numbing
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Guilt and shame
  • Anger
  • Negative thoughts or beliefs
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Physical health problems

For more information or to speak with a victim advocate, please call SAVS at: (321) 242-3110.

24-hour Rape Helpline (321) 784-HELP (4357)