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Ending Sexual Violence

It's Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence is a broad term that describes any violence, physical or psychological, carried out through sexual means or by targeting sexuality.

The violence takes different forms, including sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, incest, childhood sexual abuse and rape during armed conflict. It also includes sexual harassment, stalking, indecent or sexualized exposure, degrading sexual imagery, voyeurism, cyber harassment, trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Who is affected?

Sexual violence crosses all social boundaries, affects women of every age and cultural background, and has devastating impacts on the lives of victims and their families as well as the well-being of society as a whole.

One in three women will experience some form of sexual assault in their adult lifetime. Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault – a daughter, a sister, mother or friend.

How to help stop sexual violence

There are many choices we can each make to show that we don’t support sexual violence.

If you have been sexually assaulted

Remember that it is never your fault. You’re not alone. Tell someone you trust. Help is available.

Learn more about public awareness programs and about training programs for professionals and service providers.