What is sexual violence?
Sexual violence is a term used to describe any form of unwanted sexual behaviour or acts. It doesn’t matter if you know and trust the perpetrator (including a partner), or if it is a complete stranger, if the behaviour or act is unconsented, this is sexual violence.
It can happen to anybody and you are not at fault if it has happened, or is happening to you. You haven’t done anything wrong. The perpetrator is the person in the wrong. They are the person responsible.
It doesn’t matter what you were wearing, or if you were drunk or on drugs, nobody ever asks for, or deserves any form of sexual violence.
If you would like to read more on what is counted as sexual violence, or the technical definitions of sexual offences, have a look at legislation.gov.uk, although be aware that the wording is very graphic and may cause upset.
We can help you if you need support following an act (or acts) of sexual violence. It doesn’t matter how long ago it was, if you need support you can contact us and we will help you.
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