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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 Consent is voluntary, mutual, and can be withdrawn at any time.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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- API primary caretakers (e.g., parents) were half as likely to report abuse to authorities as caretakers of other ethnic groups.
- API caretakers (23.4%) were also more likely to disbelieve the report of abuse.
- API men and women may be more likely to sexual assault a secret within the family for fear of community rejection and blame.
- 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.
- API immigrant community tends to minimize or ignore the problem of IPV because it is often considered to be a culturally acceptable, private matter.
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