What Is Sexual Violence?
Sexual violence is a broad term used to encompass experiences of rape, sexual coercion, assault, harassment, abuse, and more. Tragically, countless men and women of all ages live in light of these experiences.
In the age of #MeToo, and the heightened cultural dialogue surrounding sexual harassment, assault and consent, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation also recognizes that pornography and pop culture – whether in the form of movies, television or advertisements – regularly normalizes and even glamorizes sexual violence. Therefore, in order to instigate a cultural shift that denounces all forms of sexual violence, it is vital to address these societal influences.
Learn more and take action through the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s various campaigns related to sexual violence.
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