Sexualized violence

What is sexualized violence?

Sexualized violence is any unwanted transgressive behavior with a sexual reference. This includes:

  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Subtle or overt pressure from the partner to perform unwanted sexual acts
  • Sexual exploitation in childhood
  • Sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Sexual exploitation in a dependent relationship (in the medical, educational, psychological field, etc.)
  • Sexual harassment by e-mail, text message or telephone
  • Sexual assaults in public
  • Sexual assaults after knockout drops

Sexual acts can be forced in different ways. Physical force does not always have to be used. Sometimes the threat of violence or sanctions is enough. In the event of attempted rape, the victims are often in a state of shock, afraid and unable to defend themselves.

Consequences of sexualized violence

The experience of sexual violence is drastic and often traumatic. It is an attack on the personality and dignity of the person affected and can lead to restrictions in various areas of life. Many things often no longer seem the same.
Possible psychological consequences can include

  • Anxiety and panic states
  • Feelings of disgust, shame and guilt
  • Jumpiness
  • Sleep disorders
  • Concentration problems
  • Despair and powerlessness
  • Mood swings and depression
  • psychosomatic complaints

It can often take a long time for existing symptoms to subside and for those affected to become more stable again and to integrate the experience of violence.

Information on sexual harassment

Information on sexualized violence on the Internet

What is trauma?
Trauma can occur when a person is unexpectedly overwhelmed by an external threat that is either subjectively classified as life-threatening and/or considered so bad that the mental and physical pain cannot be endured.

Information Traumatization

A rape or sexual assault is always an extraordinary and traumatic event. The consequences for the victims are serious. It is often not easy for victims to go to the police. A report does not have to be made immediately after the crime. The decision to press charges lies solely with the victim.

Information on sexual assault and rape

More and more cases are becoming known in which drugs, so-called knock-out drops, are used specifically to render someone unconscious and to rape them in this state.