What Is Sexual and Relationship Violence

What Is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment that includes physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person who has not given consent or is unable to give consent due to the use of drugs and/or alcohol or an intellectual or physical disability. 

Sexual violence includes a spectrum of behaviors such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. 

Sexual violence is an act of power and control. It can happen anywhere, at any time, and to anyone, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, or culture. And it is often committed by someone known to the victim/survivor—a partner, acquaintance, or friend. 

What Is Relationship Violence?

Relationship violence (sometimes called intimate partner violence) is when one partner physically, emotionally, and/or verbally abuses another partner in a current or former dating relationship. The goal is for the abuser to establish and maintain control over the other person. Relationship violence can happen in any relationship, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, or socioeconomic status. 

To better understand the prevalence of sexual and relationship violence on campus, view these statistics.