Sexual Exploitation

Taking advantage of another individual in a non-consensual, abusive or unjust manner for personal benefit; or to the benefit of anyone other than the individual who is being exploited.  The behavior does not otherwise represent non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact or sexual harassment.  Sexual exploitation includes a broad range of behaviors.  These acts include but are not limited to:

  • Inducing incapacitation to attempt to rape or sexually assault another person
  • Non-consensual video or audio taping of a sexual activity
  • Allowing other individuals to observe an act of consensual sex without the knowledge or consent of the other partner
  • Engaging in voyeurism
  • Knowingly transmitting a STI or HIV to another person
  • Prostituting another person (i.e. – personally gaining money, privilege or power from the sexual activities of another)

Sexual Harassment

Threatening, verbal abuse, harassing phone calls and/or other inappropriate actions or comments that are sexually explicit in nature directed toward any member of the community.  Any comments or behaviors that are hurtful or derogatory to a specific gender or orientation via any medium (bodily, print, verbal, phone, electronic, or other).


Stalking is “…the willful and without legal purpose, repeated harassment of another; or course of conduct directly, indirectly or by third party…” which has four primary elements:
   1. knowingly;
    2. on more than one occasion;
    3. at a specific person;
    4. with intent either to:
           a) place in reasonable fear of safety or
           b) cause substantial emotional distress pertaining to death; bodily injury; or continued harassment.

Stalking is a type of sexual violence that can lead to physical or sexual assault. It is a crime in all states. Stalking behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • Contacting you excessively (phone, texts, Facebook, email, etc), especially if you have asked the person to stop
  • Sending you unwanted gifts/cards/letters
  • Following you or showing up unexpectedly
  • Damaging your property
  • Threatening your family, friends, or pets
  • Threatening you with physical harm
  • Trying to publicly humiliate you with information (true or false)
  • Following you on social media sites to keep up with your activities

If you believe you are being exploited, harassed or stalked and are in danger, call 911 for immediate response.   If you are not in immediate danger, contact the Coordinators for Violence Response at 336-278-5009 or through email for confidential support and advocacy.