Sexual Violence

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Sexual violence is not simply an individual's issue, but a human rights issue. Almost 25% of women experience sexual violence by an intimate partner at some point in her life and as many as one-third of girls are forced into their first sexual experience (WHO World Report on Violence and Health, 2002).

According to the World Health Organization, sexual violence encompasses the following:

  • Rape within marriage, in dating relationships, and by strangers
  • Systematic rape during armed conflict
  • Unwanted sexual advances or sexual harassment, including demanding sex in return for favors
  • Forced marriage or cohabitation, including the marriage of children
  • Forced abortion
  • Denial of the right to use contraception or to adopt other measures to protect against sexually transmitted diseases
  • Violent acts against the sexual integrity of women, including female genital mutilation and obligatory inspections for virginity
  • Forced prostitution and trafficking of people for the purpose of sexual exploitation

For assistance please call:

Support Groups for Women and Men

24-Hour Hotline / Helpline:
TTY 703-435-1235

Anger & Domestic Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT)
TTY 703-324-5706 (leave a message)
ADAPT groups offered in Reston, Chantilly, Fairfax, and Alexandria.

Artemis House - A Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence
24-Hour: 703-435-4940
TTY 711


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