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Anyone can be a victim of sexual violence regardless of their of age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic level, the places he/she goes to, the people he/she meets and any other characteristic.

There are however some groups of people that may be more vulnerable to sexual violence:

  • women and girls are more at risk of being victims of sexual violence;
  • among women, young women are a particularly vulnerable group;
  • children, mainly the youngest, are also a particularly vulnerable age group;
  • people who have been victims of sexual violence in the past;
  • women victims of domestic violence, when the sexual violence is only another form of control, humiliation and power used against them;
  • higher education students and, among these, female students;
  • groups with a higher risk of social exclusion, such as foreign citizens, undocumented citizens and/or ethnic minorities;
  • people with any physical and/or mental disability that requires them to depend on caregivers;
  • people with risky jobs, such as sex workers;
  • people under the care, supervision or monitoring of a specific organisation or who are deprived of their freedom and are placed in sheltered accommodation, clinics/rehabilitation centres, prisons and residential care homes, for example.


Regardless of any personal characteristic or behaviour, the victim can never be blamed for what happened. The responsibility for the sexual violence lies always with the offenders.