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General Resources on Sexual Coercion

Definition of Sexual Coercion

Sexual coercion is the act of persuading or coercing a minor into engaging in an unwanted sexual activity through physical force, threat of physical force, or emotional manipulation. It differs from rape in that the coerced individual consents to the sexual activity for a variety of reasons. The coerced individual feels it is easier to consent to sexual activity than decline due to an imbalance of power. Coercive situations may not be obvious, even to the coerced individual.

Many young teens consent to sex without thinking they have a choice. Coercive situations may use threats, humiliation, and anger as means to convince a partner to consent to sexual behavior. The coerced individual often agrees to the activity because he or she does not feel able to say "no" and have that response respected.

Definition adapted from Sexual Coercion Among Adolescents: A Training Guide for the Family Planning Clinician, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Regional Training Center.

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National Resources

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Free, Confidential, 24/7

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Free, Confidential, 24/7

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
This is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This center serves as the nation's principal information and resource center regarding all aspects of sexual violence. It provides national leadership, consultation and technical assistance by facilitating the development and flow of information on sexual violence intervention and prevention strategies. The NSVRC works to address the causes and impact of sexual violence through collaboration, prevention efforts and the distribution of resources.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Resources for Providers

Adolescent Sexual Coercion: Identification, Prevention and Response
Oregon Department of Human Services, Office of Family Health Family Planning Program

Counseling to Minors on Resisting Sexual Coercion
This document compiled by TRAINING 3 provides information and identifies resources that can assist family planning providers offering counseling to adolescents about resisting sexual coercion.

Dating Violence Among Adolescents
Advocates for Youth (November 2006)

Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships{93D10D6F-011B-4718-AFF0-14836BE6098A}
A page on Healthy Teen Network's website that discusses healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US (SIECUS)
SIECUS provides information and training opportunities for educators, health professionals, parents, and communities across the country to ensure that people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds receive high quality, comprehensive education about sexuality.

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Counseling Tips

Raising the Issue
Raising the Issue
Taken with permission from: Strategies for Encouraging Family Involvement & Handling Revelations of Sexual Coercion and Abuse. Joan Mogul Garrity. Garrity Health Consulting & Training.

Responding to Difficult Emotions
Responding to Difficult Emotions
Adapted from materials developed by the American Academy on Physician and Client Courses Committee.

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Resources for Teens

A Guide to Healthy Relationships
This section on Advocates for Youth's website is dedicated to helping teens identify qualities of healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Emergency Contraception after Sexual Assault
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (May 2006)

It's Not OK
A website which directly answers teens’ questions about abuse including how to tell if they or a friend are a victim of abuse and how to develop a safety plan. It also provides space for teens to share their stories and artwork related to their experiences of abuse.

Sex, etc.—Sex Education by Teens, for Teens!
A website for teens by teens with honest, medically accurate and balanced information about human sexuality and sexual health.

Teen Talk is an award-winning sexual health website for teens developed by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. It addresses a number of issues teens face, including emotional issues, body concerns, birth control, relationships and sexual coercion.

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