Sexual violence is a broad term that describes a range of sexual behaviours that make someone feel uncomfortable, frightened, intimidated or threatened. These behaviours are all by nature ‘violent’ in the sense that they are a violation, whether they involve physical violence or not. Some can be life-threatening.

They include:

  • sexual assault, including rape;
  • threats or other kinds of intimidation of a sexual nature;
  • unwanted sexual touching of any kind;
  • being forced to watch sexual things, including pornography;
  • sexual coercion (that is, pressuring someone into having sex);
  • circulating explicit images of someone without their consent; and
  • voyeurism (being watched doing intimate things without having given your permission).