What is Sexual Assault?
Definition: Sexual Assault is an act of VIOLENCE, POWER, and CONTROL in which one person forces or manipulates another person into unwanted sexual behavior. This includes:
- Exposure to inappropriate materials (pornographic pictures or videos, flashing, or exhibitionism)
- Sexual contact (unwanted touches)
- Sexual harassment
- Rape: actual or attempted vaginal, oral, or anal penetration by an object, body part, or ejaculated bodily fluid. Assault can be date, acquaintance, by a family member (incest/ child sexual assault), co-habitating or spousal rape or sexual assault by a professional. Sexual assault often includes stalking.