Sexual Violence Facts

Sexual Violence Facts

What is sexual violence? Sexual violence comes in many forms. It can be defined as any unwanted sexual activity that is forced, threatened, coerced, or manipulated onto an individual. Sexual violence is motivated by the need to control, dominate, humiliate, and harm another individual. It violates a person’s feeling of trust and safety and impacts individuals, families, and communities as a whole. 

Sexual violence can include
  • Sexual assault/rape 
  • Child sexual abuse 
  • Incest 
  • Criminal sexual contact/unwanted touching 
  • Internet stalking to obtain sex 
  • Drug-facilitated sexual assault 
  • Sexual harassment 
  • Voyeurism 
  • Exhibitionism 
What to do if you have been sexually assaulted

Go to a safe place, away from the perpetrator.

Call for help. Dial 911 or call the SERV hotline: 1-866-295-SERV (7378).

Do not shower, change your clothes, brush your teeth, eat, drink, smoke, or comb your hair.

For a recent assault (within the last 5 days), go to your local hospital emergency department (see right) for a sexual assault forensic exam.

If after the 5-day window, seek medical attention from your doctor and contact SERV to speak with an advocate.

Hospitals in South Jersey with Trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs):

Camden County

  • Cooper Hospital (Camden)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (Camden)
  • Jefferson Hospital (Stratford)
  • Virtua Hospital (Voorhees)

Gloucester County

  • Jefferson Hospital (Washington Township)
  • Inspira Medical Center (Woodbury)

Cumberland County

  • Inspira Medical Center (Vineland)
Staying safe

While it is difficult to determine or control the actions of others, there are several precautions you can take to personally reduce risks. Create your own safety plan using these tips:

  • Avoid isolated places.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Vary your daily routine.
  • Leave a breadcrumb trail. Always let someone know where you are going and who you will be with.
  • Pay attention to people's attitudes.
  • Trust your instincts. if something doesn't feel right, remove yourself from that situation .
  • Never leave your drink unattended or accept a drink from someone you don't know/trust.
  • Make your limits clear.
  • Arrange your own transportation to places.

Learn more about technology safety in situations of abuse. For other safety tips, including how you can protect others, visit the RAINN website.

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