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CULTURAL AND IDENTITY ABUSE: Threatening to "out" your sexual orientation or gender identity, your participation in S & M or polyamory, your HIV status, your immigration status, or any other personal information to family, friends, co-workers, landlords, law enforcement, etc.Using your race, class, age, immigration status, religion, size, physical ability, language, and/or ethnicity against you in some way. checklist has more specific examples of what kinds of behavior can be considered abuse.See Womens Law.org's Emotional Abuse page for more information.An abuser may also use his/her or your HIV-positive status or sexual orientation as a means to control you.
The Definition of Sexual Violence/Assault Sexual violence/assault is a form of prohibited sexual harassment.Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).Additionally, 43% of college women who date report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors including physical, sexual, verbal or controlling abuse and abuse involving technology.To better understand the ways that an abuser can use power and control over a victim, you can check out what is called the "Power and Control Wheel." Domestic violence/dating violence happens to people of all ages, races, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses, and religions.It occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships.