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What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is a crime of power and control. It involves sexual contact or behavior that occurs without consent.

Unwanted contact or behavior can include:
        • touching, kissing, fondling
        • penetration of the mouth, vagina, or anus with a finger, penis, or object

Sexual assault can also include the use of force. Force does not always have to be of a physical nature, it can also be expressed through:

        • coercion
        • manipulation
        • intimidation
        • the use of drugs or alochol

 

Over 90% of sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knows such as a classmate, friend, relative, or a partner or ex-partner.

 

Sexual assault can happen to anyone regardless of appearance, age, race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, relationship/marital status, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, etc.


 

RAPE IS NEVER THE SURVIVOR'S FAULT
PERPETRATORS ARE 100% RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN ACTIONS

 

What is Consent?

Consent cannot legally be given if an individual is under the age of 18, is incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs, is unconscious or asleep, or has limited mental capacity.

 

Consent is a clear YES, not the absence of NO.

Comprehension that the act is taking place
Optional for both parties
Negotiation with partner
Sobriety - must have knowledge of the nature of the act
Engagement in the act
Nonviolent
Talking about it/communication - silence does not equal consent

 

Consent means...
  • every person has a right to change their mind
  • you can't make assumptions about what your partner does or does not want

 

 

Disclaimer

The information supplied by this website is not to be considered legal or medical advice. The website is strictly for informational purposes only.

by greenc08 — last modified Jun 15, 2016 10:51 AM
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