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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.