Sexual violence is a serious public health issue in Hawaii. It often results in significant and lasting consequences for victims, families, and our communities. The term "sexual violence" covers a range of behaviors commonly referred to as sexual assault, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment. Hawaii's sexual assault statutes cover four degrees of sexual assault ranging from Class A felonies to petty misdemeanor offenses.
Sexual violence is broadly defined as any forced, tricked, or coerced sexual activity. It can involve both contact and non-contact activity and occurs when the victim does not or is unable to consent to the sexual activity (due to age, disability, or incapacitation through the use of drugs or alcohol).
If you’ve been a victim of sexual violence, call the Sex Abuse Treatment Center’s (SATC) 24-hour hotline at 808-524-7273 for help.