Sexual violence is any type of unwanted sexual contact. This can include words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will and without their consent. Consent is voluntary, mutual, and can be withdrawn at any time. Reasons someone might not consent include fear, age, illness, disability, and/or influence of alcohol or other drugs. A person may use force, threats, manipulation, or coercion to commit sexual violence. Anyone can experience sexual violence, including children, teens, adults, and elders. Those who sexually abuse can be acquaintances, family members, trusted individuals, or strangers.
Sexual violence can happen in every community and affects people of all genders and ages. The impacts of sexual violence affect individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole. Together, we can change the conditions that contribute to sexual violence. You can learn the facts about sexual violence and play an active role in changing misconceptions. Find more about sexual assault in South Carolina here, SC Sexual Assault Stats.
During the month of April SCCADVASA, in partnership with our Member Organizations, want to raise awareness of sexual violence in our communities. Member Organizations are hosting and sponsoring events across the state and they can be found on the Statewide Events page. Contact them directly if you would like to learn more about any specific event.
Join our voices as we remember victims, honor survivors and change the culture in which sexual violence is tolerated.
Check national organizations for additional resources for Sexual Assault Awareness Month: