Sexual assault and abuse is a common tactic of abusive partners

Sexual assault and abuse is a common tactic of abusive partners and is any type of sexual activity that you do not agree to. Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention.

Some examples of sexual abuse in the context of domestic violence include:

  • Verbal comments about one’s body, including what type of clothing one wears 
  • Name-calling (whore, slut, bitch, queer, fag etc.) 
  • Sexual innuendos 
  • Sexual or dirty jokes 
  • Leering or staring at another’s body 
  • Pressure for sexual activity 
  • Spreading sexual rumors 
  • Hand and mouth gestures 
  • “Rating” someone from 1 – 10 
  • Unwanted touching 
  • Discussion of partner’s sexual performance, history etc. 
  • Pinching, grabbing, holding on to someone 
  • Display of pornography 
  • Lewd or threatening letters 
  • Continuous pressure for a date 
  • Rubbing and brushing up against someone 
  • Attempted sexual assault 
  • Rape 
  • Exposing someone to sexually transmitted infections
  • Sabotaging or denying access to birth control
  • Pressuring for sex after a physical or verbal assault
  • Requiring sex before basic needs will be met (food, shelter, items for the house or children)
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