What Is Sexual Violence?

"Sexual Violence is about power...not sex."

It is an act of violence, with or without force, that is used to control, humiliate and harm another person. It is a very important issue many of us don't talk enough about; yet, it is a significant problem here in Hawaii and world-wide.

Sexual Violence (SV) can happen to anyone. The term Sexual Violence is the umbrella that defines many things concerning sexual abuse, harassment, or any other unwanted sexual advances toward someone. In general, Sexual Violence refers to any sexual activity where consent is not obtained or freely given. Anyone, from any background or ethnicity, as well as people who are married, in a committed relationship, or simply dating can experience Sexual Violence.

Sexual Violence can happen at any location, including work, school, a public place or anywhere else including at a family or friend's house. Surprisingly enough, the person responsible for the violence is often someone the victim knows.

Overall, Sexual Violence is a serious problem that can have lasting, harmful effects on victims and their family, friends, and communities.


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Facts About Sexual Violence

  The infographic above was created by Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii using information from the following resources:  - Hawaii State Department of Health:  Sexual Violence Primary Prevention in Hawaii...a working document  - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention webpage: Together for Girls- Scope of the Problem: Sexual Violence Against Girls - 1in6 fact sheet:   The 1in6 Statistic

The infographic above was created by Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii using information from the following resources:
- Hawaii State Department of Health: Sexual Violence Primary Prevention in Hawaii...a working document
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention webpage: Together for Girls- Scope of the Problem: Sexual Violence Against Girls
- 1in6 fact sheet:  The 1in6 Statistic


Circle of 6

Circle of 6 is an APP that was developed for college students to provide an extra line of defense against violence, sexual assault, potential unsafe conditions or any other uncomfortable situations. It is a great APP for teenagers, college students, or anyone.

Learn More


"You can't ignore an army of voices. The words of our enemies are as awful as the silence of our friends."  

Let's take action and speak up against sexual assault and cyber bullying.  Learn how to host a screening of "Audrie & Daisy" at your school, find out how to create a space for open and non-judgmental conversations, and discover tools to spread awareness and find ways of ending sexual assault and harassment at  http://www.audrieanddaisy.com/awareness-tools/.  


Getting Help

Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC)

24-hour Hotline: (808) 524-7273

Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC)

Oahu Teen Alert Program Helpline: (808) 531-3771
Neighbor Islands Teen Alert Program Hotline: (800) 690-6200

If you have an Emergency, please call 911.


TeenLink Hawaii's Sexual Violence webpage is sponsored by the Hawaii State Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Branch and the CDC Rape Prevention & Education grant.