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What is Sexual Assault?
Unwanted Sexual Contact
Sexual Assault is any sexual contact that is unwanted, and occurs without a person's consent. A sexual act is non-consensual if it is compelled through coercion, manipulation, force, threats, intimidation, or helplessness. Examples include (but are not limited to):
- Someone having sex with you when you are high or drunk
- Telling you that they will spread rumors about you if you do not perform oral sex
- Forcing you to touch or be touched when you do not want to
- Continuing to pressure you for sex, despite your resistance or uncertainty, until you finally give in
- Stalking, harassment, exhibitionism.
Sexual assault can be committed by:
- Someone the survivor knows, such as a dating partner, friend, classmate, or relative
- More than one assailant
- Someone the survivor has never met
- Someone of the same sex
Sexual assault is not about sexual orientation or desire; it is about power and control.