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Sexual Assault & Anti-Violence Information

Sexual Assault

Sexual acts that occur by force, threat, surprise, intimidation, or by taking advantage of someone's inability to consent.

The term "sexual assault" is a broad term that includes many acts. Cases of rape also fit the broader definition of sexual assault, but not all sexual assault cases meet the definition of rape.

Sexual assault: Forcible sodomy, sexual penetration with an object, intentionally touching a non-consenting person's intimate body parts, forcing a non-consenting person to touch intimate body parts, or sexual intercourse without consent.

Rape: Sexual intercourse by force or where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of age or temporary (i.e. drunk or intoxicated) or permanent mental/ physical incapacity.

More than four out of five times people are assaulted/raped by someone they know. It could be an acquaintance. It could be a friend. It could be a date. But four out of five times, it is someone she/he has known an average of one year. Not just a few weeks, but on average, one year.

Men too experience rape. 1 in 33 men will experience rape or attempted rape. It is estimated that 1 in 10 survivors of sexual assault are males raped by another male.