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.
Alcohol and Other Drugs
According to Oregon State law an individual who is "mentally incapacitated," including under the influence of alcohol or drugs, cannot consent to sexual intercourse.
If a survivor engages in what some might define as “risky behavior” (e.g., getting drunk, wearing revealing clothes), a natural consequence might be getting a hangover, not sexual violence. The violence occurred because there was a perpetrator present who was willing to hurt someone else.
For more information please visit Student Health Services’ Health Promotion Alcohol and Other Drugs Web site.