Understanding Trauma & Violence


Am I really a survivor if it happened online and I was never physically touched?


Absolutely. In this digital age, the concept of sexual violence has expanded beyond physical encounters to include online spaces. Online sexual violence refers to any non-consensual sexual activity or behavior that takes place over digital platforms, including social media, messaging apps, virtual reality platforms, and online forums.  Online sexual violence can manifest in various forms, such as cyberstalking, revenge porn, sextortion, and grooming, all of which can cause significant harm to individuals' psychological and emotional well-being. Even without physical touch, the violation of one's boundaries, consent, and privacy in online interactions can result in trauma and distress similar to that experienced in contact sexual assaults. 

If you would like to learn more about online abuse, please read our most recent blog and explore the resources linked within it. You are not alone.  


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