Sexual violence has been defined as any unwanted sexual act or activity (Rape Crisis, 2015).

Sexual violence can be committed in various forms, these include rape, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, rape within marriage or relationship, forced marriage, trafficking and female genital mutilation.

The perpetrator can be anyone, a complete stranger, friend, family, colleague, neighbour, partner/ ex-partner. There is no excuse for any sexual violence! Blame lies 100% with the perpetrator and no- one deserves or asks for it to happen.



  • On average 85,000 women are raped every year in England and Wales.
  • On average 400,000 women are sexually assaulted each year.
  • 65% of women that have contacted the rape crisis centres are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.                                                                                                                                                                                                             (Rape crisis,2014)