Sexual violence (SV) is a significant problem in the United States. SV refers to sexual activity when consent is not obtained or not given freely. Anyone can experience SV, but most victims are female. The person responsible for the violence is typically male and usually someone known to the victim. The person can be, but is not limited to, a friend, coworker, neighbor, or family member.
CDC uses a 4-step approach to address public health problems like sexual violence.
- Define the problem
- Identify risk and protective factors
- Develop and test prevention strategies
- Assure widespread adoption
The ultimate goal is to stop sexual violence before it begins.
In The Spotlight
- Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements [PDF 2.01 MB]
- Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence [PDF 2.51 MB]
- National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)
- Sexual Violence Prevention: Beginning the Dialogue [PDF 210 KB]
- Understanding Sexual Violence [PDF 382 KB]