Leslie Morgan Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, and corrects misconceptions about DV.

Domestic and sexual violence affect all populations and people in all types of relationships, from all different cultural backgrounds, socio-economic statuses, and sexual identities. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that 1 in 3 women will experience violence in a relationship during her lifetime; however only 1/4 of all physical assaults, 1/5 of all rapes, 1/2 of all stalkings perpetuated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police.

Like domestic violence, sexual assault is an act of power, in which one person uses violence, the threat of violence, manipulation, or coercion to force another person to engage in a sexual activity. 


In New York State, sexual assault is defined as any sexual act in which an individual is forced or coerced to engage in a sexual act.  It includes forced sexual contact, rape, forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, or sexual harassment.

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