Working to End Sexual Violence

Woodhull is working to prevent sexual violence and to create alternative forms of accountability in response to sexual violence incidents so that survivors have options outside of the criminal justice system.

Ending sexual violence is essential for the success of every part of the sexual freedom movement. From reproductive justice to sex worker rights, from gender self-determination to queer and trans liberation to ensuring sexual freedom for the disabled, the aging, and the ill.

As part of our work to end sexual violence, Woodhull will be traveling around the country to conduct town halls focused on issues of sexual violence. Woodhull’s Sexual Freedom Town Halls will engage people from many communities in generating strategies for preventing sexual violence and for addressing it when it occurs. Recognizing the limitations and problems of the criminal justice system, the Town Hall conversations will also focus on creating alternative forms of accountability and healing for individuals and communities.

According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS):

  • •    1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 59 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime, defined as penetrating a victim by use of force or through alcohol/drug facilitation;
  • •    Approximately 1 in 15 men (6.7%) reported that they were made to penetrate someone else during their lifetime;
  • •    An estimated 12.5% of women and 5.8% of men reported sexual coercion in their lifetime (i.e., unwanted sexual penetration after being pressured in a nonphysical way);
  • •    More than one-quarter of women (27.3%) and approximately 1 in 9 men (10.8%) have experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact in their lifetime; and
  • •    Nearly one-third of women (32.1%) and nearly 1 in 8 men (13.3%) experienced some type of non-contact unwanted sexual experience in their lifetime.

*emphasis on statistics added by Woodhull