Sexual assault is an act in which a person intentionally sexually touches another person without that person's consent , or coerces or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their will. Generally, sexual assault is defined as unwanted sexual contact. Sexual assault takes many forms including attacks such as rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats. Usually a sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person's body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person's consent. In the United States , the definition of sexual assault varies widely among the individual states.
There are many different types of sexual assault. Below is a list of the various acts that are considered sexual assault and abuse, as well as a short description of some of the most common types of assault. Acquaintance rape occurs when someone you know or trust forces you to have sexual intercourse. The rapist can be a friend, family member, neighbor, or a co-worker. Acquaintance rape can happen on a first date, at a party or when you have been going out for a long time. It can happen in any relationship, including:. Acquaintance rape is the most common type of sexual assault.
If someone does something to make you feel that you have been assaulted, you can seek help from health and counselling services, including sexual assault services. If you are not sure whether you have been sexually assaulted or not, you can contact a sexual assault service or legal service. There are specially trained people who can help you understand what has happened to you and what your options are. Some people blame victims or make victims feel that they somehow asked to be raped because of how they looked or dressed, or where they were at the time. This is not right.
Ongoing, voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activities. Consent is NOT present if you are sleeping, intoxicated, coerced, coaxed, pressured, intimidated or threatened. Consent is NOT present where someone is in a position of power over you.