Types of Victimization

We seek to effectively and supportively advocate for those who have been victimized.

If you feel that you or someone you know has been victimized, we encourage you to learn about Types of Victimization and Victim Response and Recovery.

We also offer a wealth of resources to assist in the recovery process. 

Types of Victimization

The following is a list of ways in which a person can be victimized by an offender. This is not an exhaustive list. We encourage you to contact us through LSU Cares if you feel that you’ve been victimized or your know someone who has suffered victimization.

Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is defined as oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by or union with the sexual organ of another or the oral, anal, or vaginal penetration of another by any other object,without the consent of the victim. Some examples of sexual violence are:

  • Sexual misconduct
  • Rape
  • Sexual touching
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Sexual harassment

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can be defined as any assault, aggravated assault, battery, sexual battery, stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member on another. Domestic violence typically refers to persons who are living together as a family, are married, or have a child in common. Louisiana law defines domestic abuse as “the intentional use of force or violence committed by one household member upon the person of another household member.”

Other Types of Victimization

  • Physical Assault & Battery
  • Hate & Bias Crimes
  • Stalking
  • Theft
  • Threat of Harm

Victim Response & Recovery

Victim responses after victimization can vary from person-to-person and even from day-to-day. There are common physical, thinking and emotional responses to look for in yourself (if you have been victimized) or in others (if you are the friend or loved one of a victim).

Physical Reactions

  • Fatigue
  • Nightmares
  • Insomnia
  • Hyper-Active
  • Under-Active
  • Startle Reactions
  • Health Problems (such as change in appetite, headaches and digestive problems)

Thinking Problems

  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Memory disturbance
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Isolation
  • Difficulty solving problems
  • Flashbacks

Emotional Reactions

  • Fear
  • Guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional over sensitivity
  • Amnesia of the event
  • Anger
  • Numbing feelings of helplessness