Sexual violence is unfortunately very common. You are not alone.
There are many resources in your community. CADA can help you reach these and support you along the way.
Sexual violence is the use of sexual actions and words that are unwanted and/or harmful to another person.
Types of Sexual Violence
There are many forms of sexual violence. If it didn’t feel right, it wasn’t. Acts of sexual violence include unwanted sexual comments or advances, stalking, date rape, flashing, alcohol facilitated rape, hate crimes based on sexual orientation or gender, workplace sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, child sexual abuse, coerced sex, survival sex, and sex trafficking.
If you feel like you have been led towards, pressured, coerced, or forced to exchange sexual acts for money or goods you are experiencing sexual violence. Sex trafficking is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transporting, providing for, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of sexual acts by any means according to Minnesota state statue. Sex trafficking victims can be men or women, adults or children, any class or race, U.S. citizens or foreign-born.
“Every 2 minutes another American is sexually assaulted” - Rape Abuse Incest National Network
“There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will”. - A21 Campaign
Shock and numbness
Disruption of daily life
Loss of control
Guilt, shame, self-blame
Nightmares or flashbacks
Changes in your sex life
Concern for the assailant
Myth: You asked for it.
Fact: The only person responsible for a sexual assault or sexual violence is the person committing the offense. No one ever asks or deserves to be raped.
Myth: Sexual violence usually occurs between strangers.
Fact: The majority of people know their assailants.
Myth: Rape is sex.
Fact: Rape is an act of violence, and is about power and control.
Myth: There is a right way to respond.
Fact: You survived, therefore you did the "right thing", everyone reacts to violence differently.
Myth: Incest is rare.
Fact: Incest is common and happens in every community.
Myth: Men can’t be raped.
Fact: Men can be raped.
Myth: If you are in a relationship, your partner can't rape you.
Fact: Sexual violence can be committed by anyone, just because you are in a relationship which involves consensual sex at times it does not mean you cannot be assaulted.
Myth: People who experience sexual violence never heal.
Fact: Humans are resilient and can heal! Seek out resources.
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