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Acquaintance Rape
When a person uses force or threat of force to have intercourse (vaginal, anal or oral) with someone he or she knows. Also known as “date” rape.

Cyberbully
A child or teen who repeatedly harasses, threatens or humiliates another child or teen using email, instant message, social networking sites, or mobile phones. When an adult is involved in any of these activities it is known as cyberharassment or cyberstalking.

Date rape
When someone is raped by someone considered to be a friend or a dating or romantic partner. This is also called “acquaintance rape.”

Discrimination
Unfair or unequal treatment of somebody because of their age, sexual orientation, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender expression, veteran status or disability. Discrimination can happen to individuals or to groups of people.

Gang bang
When a person is raped by multiple people at the same time.

Gay Bashing
This refers to the persecution of people who are or who are perceived to be gay, lesbian or bisexual. Bashing can include uttering threats, physical assault and battery, sexual assault and rape, torture, attempted murder and murder.

Harassment
Any unwelcome or offensive behavior by one person to another. Examples are bullying, unwanted, ongoing sexual attention, threats and intimidation.

Hate Crime
An act committed on the basis of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, disability, or sexual orientation of any person. For information about hate crime laws in your state, check out “Sex in the States.”

Incest
Sexual intercourse or other sexual behaviors between people who are closely related. How this relationship is defined can vary from country to country, and include being related by blood (like a biological parent and a child), or living in the same household (like a stepparent and child or step-siblings). Incest is illegal in the United States and in some, but not all, countries around the world.

Misogyny
The fear and hatred of women.

Molestation
The inappropriate sexual touching typically between an adult and a younger person. Molestation is illegal.

Prostitution
Providing sexual acts in exchange for payment. It is illegal in the U.S. except in certain parts of Nevada. It is legal in some parts of the world, for example, in Germany and Amsterdam.

Rape
The definition of rape can vary slightly from state to state, but generally speaking it refers to forcing someone to have some kind of sexual intercourse when that person did not want to or is legally unable to see whether they wanted to. For example, a person who is mentally or developmentally delayed may not in some states be able to consent to having sex; a person who is drunk or high is unable to legally consent to having sex. And a person under a certain age is unable to consent to having sex, called “statutory rape.” The age at which a person can legally consent to having sex also varies from state to state.

Sexism
Discrimination based on biological sex or gender, specifically discrimination against women; attitudes, conditions, or behaviors that promote stereotyping of social roles based on real or perceived gender.

Sexual Abuse
Sexual touching or behaviors that are unwanted, including rape, touching another person’s breasts or genitals and more. Sexual abuse is illegal.

Slut
A derogatory word for a girl who has had or is perceived to have had many sexual partners.

Train
When guys get in a line and take turns having intercourse with one or more girls, often against her will. If the person does not consent to this, it is considered rape and it is often referred to as gang rape.

Statutory Rape
Sexual intercourse with a person who is under a certain age. This age varies from state to state, but it is usually between 12 and 18 years old.

Whore
A negative word for a girl who has had or is perceived to have had many sexual partners. Whore is also a slang word for a sex worker or prostitute.