Sexual Violence

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence is an umbrella term for any unwanted sexual attention, contact, or an activity without consent which include:

  • sexual assault and rape
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual exploitation
  • interpersonal relationship sexual violence
  • child sexual abuse
  • incest

To learn more about the different forms of sexual violence please visit  https://www.rainn.org/types-sexual-violence or call our 24/7 hotline 719-539-7347

What is Consent?

  • Active and positive exchange of words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate freely and voluntarily in mutually agreed upon sexual activity
  • Must be given at each step of sexual activity and can be revoked at any time

Consent cannot be given when someone is physically or mentally incapacitated by alcohol or other drugs;  unconscious;  asleep; or  under the age of consent (17 in Colorado). 

To understand more about consent watch this video: Cycling through consent

Effects of Sexual Violence

Sexual violence can have psychological, emotional, and physical effects on a survivor. These are some common effects that a survivor can experience, however, reactions to trauma looks different to everyone.

  • depression
  • flashbacks – memories of past trauma feel as if they are taking place in current moments
  • dissociation – a detachment from reality. This is a common defense mechanism the brain can use to cope with the trauma of violence.
  • anger, fear, and denial
  • suicidal idealizations and attempts

Statistics about sexual violence from National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Sexual violence is never the fault of the victim. We believe you, we are here for you. Please feel free to contact our 24/7 hotline at 719-539-7479

 

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