Coercion and Sexual Violence are issues that thousands face each year. As part of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, we want to look at what it means and how you can get help.
Sexual violence is a crime which affects women, men and children, often throughout their lives. If someone forces, coerces or manipulates another person into unwanted sexual activity – they are committing an act of sexual violence.
There are many types of sexual violence:
- sexual assault
- refusing to wear a condom
- unwanted sexual contact/touching
- sexual harassment
- sexual exploitation
- showing one’s genitals or naked body to other(s) without consent
- masturbating in public
- watching someone in a private act without their knowledge or permission
- revenge porn
At Paragon we want to raise awareness of the link between coercive control and sexual violence. As a result, we call on the government, police, courts and Crown Prosecution Service to do more to protect victims of these heinous crimes.
Coercion and Sexual Violence resources
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence and would like support, please contact us