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Sexualized violence

What is sexualized violence?

The term "sexualized violence" is a collective term for all unwanted acts of a sexual nature. This includes, for example, words, gestures, text/image messages or touching. Perpetrators are not necessarily interested in satisfying sexual needs, but primarily in exercising or abusing power. In 80% of cases, those affected already know the perpetrators, as they are friends, work colleagues, teachers, trainers or family members.

Sexualized violence can affect anyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, origin or clothing. What is always important is the perspective of the person affected, not the lack of intent on the part of the perpetrator! The blame always lies with those who commit one of the following forms of sexualized violence.

What forms of sexualized violence are there?

  • Verbal or non-verbal: obscene, sexist words (e.g. catcalling)
  • Non-verbal: intrusive and unpleasant gestures and glances at breasts, buttocks or genitals, exhibitionist acts
  • Digital: unwanted sending/sharing of images/videos with sexual content (e.g. dickpicks, upskirting)
  • Emotional: blackmailing of images/videos or actions
  • Physical: unwanted touching of breasts, buttocks or genitals, rape

Please note: Not every form of sexualized violence is punishable under §§ 177 ff. of the German Criminal Code.