Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault

Program Coordinator, Kelly Hill


Did you know....

Asian and Pacific Islander communities are among the least likely of all racial and ethnic groups to believe and report incidences of sexual violence?


What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence happens in every community and affects people of all genders and ages. The impacts of sexual violence affect individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole.
Sexual assault is any type of unwanted sexual contact. This can include words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will and without their consent. Consent is voluntary, mutual, and can be withdrawn at any time. Reasons someone might not consent include fear, age, illness, disability, and/or influence of alcohol or other drugs. A person may use force, threats, manipulation, or coercion to commit sexual violence. Anyone can experience sexual violence, including children, teens, adults, and elders. Those who sexually abuse can be acquaintances, family members, trusted individuals, or strangers.



Forms of sexual violence

  • Rape or sexual assault
  • Child sexual assault and incest
  • Sexual assault by a person’s spouse or partner
  • Unwanted sexual contact/touching
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual exploitation and trafficking
  • Exposing one’s genitals or naked body to other(s) without consent
  • Masturbating in public
  • Watching someone in private acts without their knowledge or permission


  • 强奸或性侵犯
  • 儿童性侵犯和乱伦
  • 配偶或伴侣之间的性侵犯
  • 不情愿的性接触/触摸
  • 性骚扰
  • 性虐待和拐卖
  • 露阴癖
  • 在公共场合自慰
  • 偷窥

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Key Messages

  1. API immigrant women are less likely to report incidences of abuse and least likely to receive preventive care and treatment services, due largely to linguistic, cultural, social, and institutional barriers.
  2. Despite the high incidence of IPV among Asian immigrant women, their utilization of treatment services and law enforcement protection has been found to be relatively low.
  3. API women in the United States are less likely to report incidences of sexual and physical assault committed by intimate partners than other racial and ethnic groups.
  4. API primary caretakers (e.g., parents) were half as likely to report abuse to authorities as caretakers of other ethnic groups.
  5. API caretakers (23.4%) were also more likely to disbelieve the report of abuse.
  6. API men and women may be more likely to sexual assault a secret within the family for fear of community rejection and blame.
  7. API women may tolerate IPV more due to accepting IPV as their own fault, expectations of culture to be obedient to their husbands, fear of rejection by the community, and wanting to create a flawless public image to their community.
  8. API immigrant community tends to minimize or ignore the problem of IPV because it is often considered to be a culturally acceptable, private matter.


  • 由于语言、文化、社会和制度所限,亚裔女性移民较少举报自身所受侵害,也较少接受侵害预防和对策服务。
  • 尽管亚裔女性移民有较高的概率遭受来自亲密伴侣的暴力,她们却很少求助于社会服务或是警方的保护。
  • 与美国其他种族的人群相比,亚裔女性移民较少举报由亲密伴侣造成的性侵害或肢体暴力侵害。
  • 亚裔首要监护人(如:父母)举报虐待的概率比美国其他种族的人群低一半。
  • 23.4%的亚裔监护者更倾向于不相信关于虐待的举报。
  • 亚裔男性和女性因为害怕周围人的排斥或指责,性侵犯会作为家庭的秘密不为外人所知。
  • 亚裔女性对于亲密伴侣的暴力有更高的容忍度。因为她们会认为受到伴侣的侵犯是自己的错误。同时,亚裔文化也要求她们服从于自己的丈夫。加之她们不希望被周围人排斥,并希望构建一个完美的社区。
  • 亚裔移民社区趋向于减少或忽略亲密伴侣之间的暴力问题。因为这在亚裔文化中被认为是可接受的、私人的事情。

For questions, services, or other information, please contact Program Coordinator, Kelly Hill at, or 614-220-4023 x 4023.


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