OTHER CRIMES OF POWER AND CONTROL
DID YOU KNOW
Sexual assault and intimate partner violence are crimes of power and control. This is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide range of abusive and coercive relational dynamics that are designed to establish a system of control over a partner, former partner, acquaintance, family member, dependent, or even a stranger. Hope Crisis Center is here to help survivors of these crimes find safety, justice, and healing.
- Sex Trafficking: Is someone, perhaps a partner or family member, forcing you to have sex with strangers? Are they getting paid for it? If so, you are experiencing sex trafficking. According to the Polaris Project, U.S. law defines sex trafficking as the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel a person into commercial sex acts against their will. Inducing a minor into commercial sex is considered human trafficking regardless of the presence of force, fraud, or coercion. If you are being trafficked, Hope Crisis Center can help you find safety.
- Teen Dating Violence: Intimate partner violence can happen to people of all ages, including young people. In fact, the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey of 2015 estimated that 1 in 10 high school students have been abused by dating partners in the last year. As a result of early abuse, survivors are more likely to feel anxious or depressed, contemplate suicide, use drugs or alcohol, and be abused later in life. If you are a young survivor, know that you deserve a lifetime of safe and happy relationships! Hope Crisis Center is here if you need to talk to someone!
- Elder Abuse: Elder abuse refers to any intentional or negligent act that causes harm to a vulnerable adult. Most of the time, perpetrators are family members or caregivers. Like intimate partner violence, elder abuse can be physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional. It can also involve abandonment, neglect, or financial exploitation. All elders in our communities deserve to be respected and cared for! If the person in charge of your care is hurting you, don’t hesitate to call Hope Crisis Center.
- Stalking: Are you the target of someone’s obsession? If so, you may have a stalker. Stalking is a harassing course of conduct directed at a specific person. It may take the form of letters, unwanted gifts, phone calls, text messages, and surveillance. A stalker might even follow you, approach you, or show up wherever you are. If this conduct is scary or upsetting, it counts as stalking. Stalkers are often current or former partners, but they can be acquaintances, family members, coworkers, classmates, neighbors, and even strangers. If this is happening to you, know that you’re not alone. Contact Hope Crisis Center for support and assistance!
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