For a victim, it is a humiliating and degrading act. Sexual offenders are “ordinary” and “normal” individuals who come from all educational, occupational, racial, and cultural backgrounds. This myth exemplifies our cultural tendency to blame victims – it is not the case that victims are assaulted because they failed to spot an obvious perpetrator. Approximately one in six men will be victims of sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Youth Violence: Fact Sheet [available online]Vossekuil, B., Fein, R., Reddy, M., Borum, R., & Modzeleski, W., The Final Report and Findings of the Safe School Initiative: Implications for the Prevention of School Attacks in the United States.
At loveisrespect, we talk a lot about how to support someone you care about if they are being abused.
A general term that includes sexual harassment, unwanted sexual contact, child sexual abuse, incest, and rape.
Sexual contact becomes assault when a person is unable to or does not consent to an activity.
Youth are less likely to be involved in teen violence if they have learned nonviolent ways to solve problems, if they have strong family ties, and if they have goals and a commitment to school.