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WHAT IS SEXUAL ASSAULT?

 

Sexual assault (also referred to as sexual violence) is any unwanted, forced, or coerced sexual activity.  It can take many forms:

  • Forced or coerced intercourse (rape) or other sexual acts
  • Sexual harrassment
  • Obscene phone calls
  • Sexual exposure
  • Unwanted touching
  • Acquaintance or date rape
  • Stranger rape
  • Forced sexual acts as a result of domestic violence
  • Gang rape
  • Sexual exploitation such as forced prostitution

Victims are chosen because they are vulnerable and accessible.  Anyone - girl, boy, woman, or man of any age can be a victim of sexual assault.

Sadly, sexual violence can also be used with other forms of abuse to control an intimate partner's behavior.  Approximately 10-14% of married women in the United States are raped by their husbands, a form of domestic violence that accounts for 25% of all rapes.