Sexual Abuse

The Evangelical Covenant Church has been called to break the silence of sexual abuse, to set the captives free from the power and pain of victimization, and to begin a pathway to the healing that is found only in Christ.

Sexual abuse is a sexual act, an attempt to obtain a sexual act, or unwanted sexual comments and advances directed against a person’s sexuality by using coercion. Perpetrators of sexual violence can be any person regardless of their relationship to the victim and can happen in any setting, including home and work.

Women and sexual violence

Women are more likely to be victims of rape/sexual assault than are men. In 2002, 216,090 women were the victims of rape/sexual assault, compared with 31,640 men.

Women also are more likely than men to be victims of rape/sexual assault committed by “non-strangers.” Sixty-nine percent of women victims were raped and/or sexually assaulted by a non-stranger, compared with fifty-two percent of male victims. Fifty-seven percent of women victims (123,850) were raped and/or sexually assaulted by a friend/acquaintance, ten percent (21,920) by an intimate, and two percent by an “other relative.”