Sexual violence: it can happen to anybody
We speak of sexual violence or sexual abuse when someone is forced to perform or to undergo sexual acts. Common occurrences are assault, rape and sexual intimidation. It may happen anywhere: in the street, at work, during sports, in school, in a care relationship, or in a marriage. Research shows that over 15% of Dutch girls have one or more experiences with sexual abuse by relatives. One in five sexual child abuse reported concern boys as victims.
Sexual violence is traumatic for victims, but there is more to it. The sense of safety in the neighbourhood, the municipality and in society as a whole is at stake. Home, family, street, park, work, social club or sports club, care facility: those should be safe places but they are not always safe, and not for everyone. Therefore it is crucial to invest in social safety and prevention of sexual violence.
This website, a product of MOVISIE (formerly known as TransAct), gives an overview of the present situation of sexual violence in the Netherlands: projects, organizations, news facts and backgrounds.