Sexual violence is a general term that includes any sexual activity inflicted or forced upon a person without his/her consent. In all cases, the victim would not rationally or willingly choose to participate in the activity or the person is unable to give valid consent due to physical, mental or age constraints. Sexual violence encompasses crimes such as child sexual abuse, sexual assault from intimate partners, or friends, dates, or from strangers; incest, sexual harassment, stalking, elder abuse, and rape among some of its categories. A key factor in determining whether a sexual act is deemed “violent” or “abusive” lies in the individual’s ability to give valid consent.
So, what is consent? Legally, consent refers to the minimum age at which an individual is considered to be old enough to understand the nature of sexual activities and to participate in them. Full Article