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SEXUAL & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Sexual and domestic violence against women remains a widespread problem around the world.  It can have long-term effects on victims if not addressed.

Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is any sexual act or attempt to obtain a sexual act by violence or coercion, acts to traffic a person or acts directed against a person's sexuality, regardless of the relationship to the victim.

In the U.S., millions of women have experienced rape. As of 1998, an estimated 17.7 million American women had been victims of attempted or completed rape. Statistics show that women and girls experience sexual violence at high rates. 1 out of every 6 American women have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8 % completed, 2.8 % attempted).

 

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, economic class, immigration status, religion, or gender. It can happen to couples that are married, living together, or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

 

Victims of domestic violence do not bring violence upon themselves, they do not always lack self-confidence, nor are they just as abusive as the abuser. Violence in relationships occurs when one person feels entitled to power and control over their partner and chooses to use abuse to gain and maintain that control.

 

If you’ve witnessed sexual and/or domestic violence, it’s vital to recognize that such violence is not normal because no human being deserves to be abused. Please seek help and don’t feel shame. What is happening to you is a crime. You are not responsible for what has happened to you, but you power over the decision you make next. You have the power to open the door to your safety and self-dependence. 

Who Should you Call for Help?

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please CALL 911.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

Hotline advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to provide confidential counseling, crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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