Ending Violence Against Women

Women's Center Anti Violence

Sexual Violence Awareness & Prevention Program @WPUNJ


What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence is any sexual act that is committed against someone’s will. It covers an extensive range of offenses including completed nonconsensual sex, attempted nonconsensual sex act, abusive sexual contact, and non-contact sexual abuse.The Center for Disease Control and Prevention breaks down each category stated above:

A completed sex act is defined as contact between the penis and the vulva or the penis and the anus involving penetration, however slight; contact between the mouth and penis, vulva, or anus; or penetration of the anal or genital opening of another person by a hand, finger, or other object.

An attempted (but not completed) sex act.

Abusive sexual contact is defined as intentional touching, either directly or through the clothing, of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks of any person without his or her consent, or of a person who is unable to consent or refuse.

Non-contact sexual abuse does not include physical contact of a sexual nature between the perpetrator and the victim. It includes acts such as voyeurism; intentional exposure of an individual to exhibitionism; unwanted exposure to pornography; verbal or behavioral sexual harassment; threats of sexual violence to accomplish some other end; or taking nude photographs of a sexual nature of another person without his or her consent or knowledge, or of a person who is unable to consent or refuse.

(Credit: Center for Disease Control – Sexual Violence)