Sexual violence takes many forms. While most of use are aware of violations including rape, incest and child sexual abuse, sexual violence can be defined to include “any event in which someone is sexually touched or violated without giving consent.” This definition includes intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, sexual harassment, exposure and voyeurism. These behaviors may appear mild compared to the concept of forcible rape, but many victims are as deeply affected by an experience of sexual harassment at work, being “flashed” while on public transportation, or being targeted by a “Peeping Tom.” Whatever the offense, victims of sexual violence can e​experience healing and develop resilience that empowers them to feel stronger than they did prior to the event. Depression, self-harm or suicidal behaviors, increased anxiety, avoidance of certain places or situations, isolation and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are among the symptoms reported by survivors of sexual violence. If you or someone you know has been victimized by sexual violence, support is available. Organizations like RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) provide education, support and advocacy for survivors. And counselors and therapists trained in trauma recovery can help survivors develop coping skills and tools to help them move through the symptoms and pain of their experience, to a place of integration and strength. The pandemic of sexual violence continues to be pervasive. But seeking help is a step out of the darkness of secrecy, allowing survivors to thrive and grow in their healing.