Rape and Sexual Violence Prevention

Sexual violence is a sexual act committed against someone without his or her permission. Sexual violence affects all age groups and genders.

Types of sexual violence:

  • Rape
  • Incest
  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Sexual harassment
  • A hate crime (also known as a bias-motivated crime) that occurs because of a victim’s sexual orientation

Sexual violence can have long lasting physical and psychological effects for victims.

These may include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Migraines and other frequent headaches
  • STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections, also known as STDs)
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Shame or guilt

Another negative effect of sexual violence can be thoughts of suicide. If you or a loved one is having these thoughts call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you or someone you know needs help due to sexual violence call the Virginia Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-838-8238 or the LGBTQ Partner Abuse and Sexual Assault Helpline, 1-800-356-6998. If you are not able to call you can text, 804.793.9999. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

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