What is VAWG?

About VAWG and the different types of violence and abuse.

Sexual violence

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Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual act or activity. There are many kinds of sexual violence that exist including, but not limited to rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse (CSA) and sexual harassment. Perpetrators range from total strangers to relatives and intimate partners.

It can happen to anyone, anywhere – in the family/household, workplace, public spaces, social settings – and at any point in life. Sexual harassment is often first experienced by women when they are girls, and young women are at increased risk of sexual violence.

Sexual violence can occur online in the form of grooming, sharing intimate images of someone without their consent, and using technology such as apps, websites, and other online platforms to coerce or distress a victim and survivor.