What is sexual violence?
Sexual violence is a term used to describe any form of unwanted sexual behaviour or acts. It doesn’t matter if you know and trust the perpetrator (including a partner), or if it is a complete stranger, if the behaviour or act is unconsented, this is sexual violence.
It can happen to anybody and you are not at fault if it has happened, or is happening to you. You haven’t done anything wrong. The perpetrator is the person in the wrong. They are the person responsible.
It doesn’t matter what you were wearing, or if you were drunk or on drugs, nobody ever asks for, or deserves any form of sexual violence.
If you would like to read more on what is counted as sexual violence, or the technical definitions of sexual offences, have a look at the following links, although be aware that the wording is very graphic and may cause upset:
We can help you if you need support following an act (or acts) of sexual violence. It doesn’t matter how long ago it was, if you need support you can contact us and we will help you.
Staying Put ISVAs
Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) can support anyone who has been the victim of sexual violence – no matter when the incident took place.
Our ISVAs can support you if you are thinking about reporting the crime, or if your case is going through the criminal justice system. We can help you through the court process and explain what is likely to happen when a report is made to the police.
We have excellent links with the SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) and can explain their role in helping you.
Call for help now
0808 2800 999
Open Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 4:30pm (closed for half an hour lunch at 1pm)
Our One Front Door helpline is completely free and confidential, and the call will not show up on itemised bills.
We are a domestic abuse and sexual violence charity working across the Bradford area. We support women, men and children who are survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
We know that people experiencing domestic abuse heal quicker from the trauma if they can continue living in their own home with their support networks around them. Our service works to keep victims in their homes- hence our name Staying Put.
Solace Housing is a subsidiary of Staying Put. Their mission is to transform lives by providing housing to those who have experienced domestic abuse, with short- and long-term options. Their inclusive homes are for anyone who needs them.
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