Sexual violence and abuse is any behaviour perceived to be of a sexual nature, which is unwanted and takes place without consent.
Anyone can be a victim of rape or sexual violence, no matter what age he or she is.
Rapes and sexual assaults can be committed by:
- someone you know
- a relative
- a stranger
- a partner - someone you are in a relationship with
Sexual violence includes:
- trafficking and sexual exploitation
- female genital mutilation (FGM)
- ritual abuse
- forced marriage
- crimes in the name of honour
- sexual intimidation
- coercion or harassment, whether physical or verbal
If you would like to find out more about sexual violence and abuse, please visit Beds Domestic Representative Scheme (link opens in new window) for more detailed advice and information on services which are available to offer support.