Sexualised violence

What is it?

Sexualised violence takes many forms. Victims belong to all social groups. The estimated number of unreported cases of criminal offences in this area is high.

Violence starts where girls and women are restricted in their personal freedom, i.e. even when they are forced to avoid certain places, ways or situations so as not to be insulted, harassed or threatened.

Women are exposed to varying forms of discriminations in advertising, the media, Internet etc. In a wide range of situations, girls and women are threatened by physical sexualised violence: sexual harassment in everyday life, over the phone and in the workplace are not exceptional cases. Sexual assaults are also committed by therapists in therapies or during counselling.