What is Sexual Assault?
- Any sexual activity where consent is absent or not freely given.
- Includes unwanted touching, kissing, oral sex, or penetration (considered rape).
- Most (but not all) victims are female.
- Anyone can commit sexual assault – a stranger, an acquaintance, a friend, a family member, or significant other.
Common Reactions to being Sexually Assaulted include:
- Sexual Assault is an act of violence.
- Violence is about one person/group attempting to maintain or increase power over others.
- Sexual assault is about power and control, NOT about sex.
- Shock and confusion
- Fear, distrust of others
- Feeling a lack of control
- Shame and embarrassment
- Guilt, self-blame
- Feelings of anger and betrayal
- Nightmares, flashbacks, and insomnia
- Depression, anxiety
- Different people have different reactions
Sexual Assault can have long-term emotional and physical effects.