It hurts the son who hid in the closet trying not to hear his father’s fists.
It hurts the daughter with the bloody lip who just wanted to help her mother.
It hurts the baby crying in the crib, too young to understand.
It hurts the neighbor who heard the screams but turned away.
It hurts the community that cries tears on a freshly dug grave.
Domestic violence hurts.
Domestic violence kills.
Sexual violence is any forced or unwanted sexual activity or behavior that is considered improper, harmful and/or degrading. Sexual abuse, such as rape, can occur in several different intimate contexts including between spouses, with children and with the use of substances that inhibit a partner from consenting.