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About sexual violence

‘Sexual violence’ means any sexual activity or act that happened without consent. It includes rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Find out more below.

Do you know what sexual consent is?

Consent happens when all people involved in any kind of sexual activity agree to take part by choice. They also need to have the freedom and capacity to make that choice.

If someone seems unsure, stays quiet, moves away or doesn’t respond, they are not agreeing to sexual activity.

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Myths vs facts

True or false?

False stories about rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse and other forms of sexual violence hold a lot of power in our society.

And that's dangerous because these stories do serious harm. They can cause victims and survivors to feel shame or to blame themselves for what happened, and make it difficult for them to talk about or get help.

Learn the truth about common rape myths
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'Rape culture' is a society where sexual violence and abuse is normalised and played down or laughed off...

And we believe it's part of the reason why sexual violence and abuse is so widespread against women and girls.

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