What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence is a broad term regarding any sexual activity where consent is not given or obtained. Any time a person is coerced, manipulated, or forced to do a sexual activity, sexual violence has occurred. Coercion and manipulation occur when someone is made to do something against his/her will by physically or verbally threatening. Coercion also occurs if someone pressures another person into engaging in a sexual activity. The following are some forms of sexual violence: rape, sexual assault, incest, sexual harassment, inappropriate sexual content, threats, exposure, stalking, and peeping.

Sexual violence and sexual assault are violent crimes that involve power, aggression, and control. Rape and sexual assault are never the survivor’s fault. Sexual assault can happen anywhere, at any time of day, to anyone, regardless of age, class, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, or gender.

For more information on forms of sexual assault, click here to view STSM’s additional information page.

For more information, or if you think you have been assaulted, please contact STSM during normal business hours at (803) 790-8208 or on our 24 hour crisis hotline at (803) 771-7273.