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Something to keep in mind before reading these is that every person's experience is different. If you have experience which makes you feel uncomfortable but you do not feel it fits with any of these definitions, it does not make your experience any less real or less important. For some people, finding a definition which they feel fits their experience can be an empowering experience. For others it can be a negative experience.
The following are general definitions. If you think you experienced sexual violence and are looking for support click here. Please be aware these are not the legal definitions in North Carolina. For more information on legal definitions contact RISE.
Fact: Rape is an act of premeditated violence, not of spontaneous passion.
Fact: Rape is a crime of power, not sex. It is never the victim’s fault.
Fact: Rape is a human issue, affecting all people.
Fact: While 90% of rapes are heterosexual and male-perpetrated, men and women can be raped by a perpetrator of any sex or gender.
If you think you or someone you know has experienced a form of sexual violence (or that you just want more information), please see the following for further information on resources and support services: