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What is Sexual Violence?
Sexual violence is the use of sexual actions and words that are unwanted by and/or harmful to another person. 
Sexual violence is violence using sex.  Sexual violence is a public health issue.  Sexual violence, like rape, is preventable.
What is itImportant Facts | Sexual Violence Resources

Victims of Sexual Violence

SOS Sexual Violence Services
Free and confidential services, provided to victims of sexual violence, their families, friends and other concerned persons. | 651.643.3006 | SOS

Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA)
Provides sexual assault information, locations and telephone numbers of other sexual assault programs in Minnesota. | 1.800.964.8847 | MNCASA  

Getting Involved
Simple steps for promoting a peaceful, healthy community & preventing sexual violence
Post Card (pdf) | Wallet Card (pdf) 


Parents & Teachers
Fact sheets designed for parents and teachers to talk with children about sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and sexual violence.
Tips for Parents (pdf) | Tips for Teachers (pdf)

Let's Talk About "It"; Prevention and Intervention of Sexual Violence in Schools
An educational booklet written by Cordelia Anderson of Sensibilities, Inc., that provides information on sexual violence among school aged youth. | Booklet (pdf)

The Minnesota Summit
Business and industry leaders designed actions to prevent sexual violence in Minnesota. | e -report

Sexual Violence and Teen Pregnancy 
In recent years solid research has established a strong link between history of sexual violence and increased risk of pregnancy during the teen years. Male and female victims of sexual violence (whether during childhood and/or during their adolescence) are more likely to become involved in a teen pregnancy than their peers who have not experienced any form of sexual violence. Furthermore, young people who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and those questioning their sexual identity tend to have disproportionately high rates of being victims of sexual violence and  are also at high risk for pregnancy involvement during their teen years, contrary to popular thinking. For more information on the link between sexual violence and teen pregnancy, the following reading is recommended (pdfs):
The Prevalence of Sexual Abuse Among Adolescents in School | Teenage Pregnancy and Associated Risk Behaviors Among Sexually Abused Adolescents | Gender Differences in Extra-familial Sexual Abuse Experiences Among Young Teens

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