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Rape, sexual assault, and violence are severe human rights violations, violating victims’ human rights to life, health, personal freedom and security, as well as their right not to be tortured or exposed to other inhuman, cruel or degrading treatment. Sexual violence impacts all people, but women—particularly trans women of color—suffer disproportionately as a consequence of systemic and structural inequality.

Ending sexual violence is essential for the success of every part of the sexual freedom movement. From reproductive justice to sex workers’ rights, from gender self-determination to queer and trans liberation, all fights for sexual freedom rely on freedom from sexual violence.

The Woodhull Freedom Foundation works to end sexual violence and to create alternative forms of accountability, including those offered by the restorative and transformative justice movements, in response to sexual violence so that survivors have options outside of the criminal legal system.


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