Sexual Assault

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.

Sexual Assault

  • 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.

Common Reactions to being Sexually Assaulted include:
  • Shock and confusion
  • Fear, distrust of others
  • Helplessness
  • Feeling a lack of control
  • Shame and embarrassment
  • Guilt, self-blame
  • Feelings of anger and betrayal
  • Denial
  • Nightmares, flashbacks, and insomnia
  • Depression, anxiety
  • Different people have different reactions

Sexual Assault can have long-term emotional and physical effects.