Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual contact or being forced to do so.
It can be unwanted touches, kisses or even rape.
Also sexually oriented remarks can be a form of unwanted sexually agressive behavior.
It may also include psychological intimidation, blackmail or other threats.
‘Unwanted’ means that it is done without consent and thereby crosses your boundaries.
As long as you do not explicitly consent to any kind of sexual contact, it is considered to be sexual violence. Also when you are drunk, drugged, asleep or mentally incapable of understanding the situation.
You have the right to say ‘no’ whenever you don’t want any kind of sexual contact. Your boundaries should be respected.
Sexual violence can occur within your relationship with your partner but also with others, for example with relatives, friends, ex-partners or someone you don’t know.
Even years after it happened it can still be useful to report sexual violence.