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SEXUAL ABUSE

SexualAssault

Definition
Sexual abuse refers to any action that pressures or coerces someone to do something sexually they don’t want to do.

Types of Sexual Abuse/Assault

Rape

Rape is a sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more people against another person without that person’s consent. Anyone may be a victim of rape: women, men or children of any sexual orientation.

Examples
Acquaintance Rape, Intimate Partner Rape, Drug Facilitated Rape, Incest, Stranger Rape

Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse or child molestation is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual gratification.

Examples
Child pornography, sexual exposure/voyeurism, sexual exploitation, genital contact, penetration, sexual jokes, invasive hygienic practices

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature in which submission to or rejection of such conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s work or school performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or school environment.

Examples

  • Survivor and harasser do not have to be of different genders; both can be men, both women, or they can be different genders.
  • Similarly, as with sexual assault, women can be perpetrators.
  • The harasser can be a supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or a non-employee.
  • The survivor does not have to be the person that is directly harassed. It can be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
  • Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the survivor.
  • The harasser’s conduct must be unwelcome.

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