What is Sexual Violence
Any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, sexual harassment, or act directed against a person’s
sexuality, using coercion by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting. This includes various
forms and contents of sexual violence such as rape (within a relationship and by strangers or acquaintances), sexual abuse
of mentally or physically disabled people and sexual abuse of children.
Sexual violence and abuse can happen to anyone, female or male. No one has the right to
coerce, pressure or force someone to engage in any sexual act. Victims often feel that they are at fault
or are to blame because of something they said, they did, they wore, they had, but the only person who is to blame is the
offender. They chose to be sexually violent; the victim did not choose to be violated.
Oxford City’s Domestic & Sexual Abuse Coordinator works with agencies to improve support and response to those who have
been sexually assaulted.
If you have
been raped then you can report to the Police or call the Solace Sexual Assault Referral Centre where you can have crisis support,
medical examination and attention. Solace Centre is open 24/7 – 0845 519 7638
If you have experienced sexual violence or childhood sexual
assault then you can talk to someone in confidence:
Oxford Sexual Assault & Rape Crisis Centre
01865 726 295
Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800
Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (AMSOSA) 0845
Crisis National Helpline 0808