"April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Sexual violence is a serious public health problem that affects millions of women and men. In the United States, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact at some point in their lives. Statistics underestimate the problem because many victims do not tell the police, family, or friends about the violence.
CDC’s goal is to stop sexual violence before it begins.
Understanding Sexual Violence
Sexual violence is any sexual activity where consent is not freely given. This includes completed or attempted sex acts that are against the victim’s will or involve a victim who is unable to consent through use of force or alcohol/drug facilitation.
Other forms of sexual violence are:
- Non-physically pressured unwanted sex
- Unwanted sexual contact (intentional sexual touching), or
- Non-contact, unwanted sexual experiences (such as verbal sexual harassment)..."