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.
Factsheet, Definitions, Statistics & Consequences
Factors that are linked to or protect against violence
Strategies to help states and communities prevent sexual violence
Risk and impact, What states and communities need to know
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.
- Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network’s (RAINN) National Sexual Assault Hotlineexternal icon
- Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.
- Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network’s (RAINN) National Sexual Assault Online Hotlineexternal icon
- Visit online.rainn.orgexternal icon to chat one-on-one with a trained RAINN support specialist, any time 24/7.
- National Sexual Violence Resource Centerexternal icon
- PreventConnectexternal icon
- Violence Against Womenexternal icon
- Call the OWH HELPLINE: 1-800-994-9662