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.
- Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements Cdc-pdf[2.01 MB, 136 Pages, 508]
- National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) Reports
- Sexual Violence Prevention: Beginning the Dialogue Cdc-pdf[210 KB, 16 Pages, 508]
- Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence Cdc-pdf[2.51 MB, 16 Pages, 508]
- Preventing Sexual Violence Cdc-pdf[448 KB, 2 Pages, 508]
- Sexual Violence Media Guide Cdc-pdf[3.62 MB, 4 Pages, 508]