Understanding Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence

What are Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence?
Sexual violence refers to any sexual acts and attempts of sexual acts, unwanted sexual comments or advances against a person’s sexuality using coercion. Sexual assault is conduct that creates an apprehension in the victim’s mind, that she is about to be attacked sexually. 

What forms can it take?
There are multiple forms of sexual violence. They include rape – irrespective of whether by strangers, partners, or on large scales like in armed conflict; unwanted sexual advances, sexual harassment, demanding sexual favours in return for other favours; sexual abuse of any kind; forced marriage; denying the right to use contraception or measures to protect against sexually transmitted diseases; forced abortions; genital mutilation; acts against sexual integrity; forced virginity tests and
prostitution and trafficking for sexual exploitation.

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