What You Need to Know
RVA is committed to sharing accurate and reliable information about sexual violence with our community, and to continuously educate ourselves. Together, we can all be effective and informed agents of healing and change.
In addition to the information included here, RVA has programming designed to educate and empower individuals, organizations and communities. To access these resources, you can:
About one in 10 children – one in seven girls and one in 25 boys – will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Learn more about this issue including how RVA can help, and what you can do – knowing the facts about child sexual abuse can help prevent it.
Sexual violence affects every demographic and every community – including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience sexual violence at similar or higher rates than heterosexuals. Learn more about sexual violence against LGBTQ survivors and what RVA is doing to help.
A 2015 survey, one of the largest ever focusing on sexual assault and sexual misconduct, found that among female college students, 23% said they experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact. RVA works with students and administration of over a dozen area universities and colleges, providing training, consultation and services to improve the campus response to sexual violence. As students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff, we have the power to make real change. Click here for more information.