What is Sexualized Violence?

Sexualized violence (or sexual violence) is an umbrella term that describes any unwanted action through a sexual means, or by targeting one’s sexuality. Sexual violence is not about sexual desire but about power and privilege.

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Sexualized violence is never the fault of the individual who has experienced violence. Our understanding of sexualized violence can be influenced by misconceptions and false beliefs, which are commonly called “rape myths”. Separating myths from facts is essential to understanding and ending sexual violence.

Indicating External Link Ontario Government: Dispelling the Myths About Sexual Assault

Indicating External Link Rape Crisis, England & Wales: Myths About Rape and Sexual Violence

Indicating External Link Washington University: Rape Myths and Facts

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