Sexual Violence

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, intimate partner, coworker, neighbor, or family member.

CDC’s research and programs work to understand the problem of sexual violence and prevent it before it begins.

Technical Package
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STOP SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence pdf icon[2.84 MB, 48 Pages, 508]
This technical package represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to reduce sexual violence (SV) and its consequences.

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Page last reviewed: February 5, 2021