What is Sexual Assault?

A sexual assault is never your fault and it is important that you know help is always available to you. Sexual assault can happen to anyone, at any time. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what you look like, what you wear, where you hang out and who you hang out with.

Offenders can be strangers, but most likely they are friends, family members or acquaintances that we think we can trust. Sexual assaults may involve a weapon, threats, coercion, alcohol or drugs, or nothing but the violent attack itself.

Sexual assault is any unwanted or forced sexual act and includes:

  • Rape and attempted rape
  • Unwanted touching or groping
  • Sexual harassment
  • Unwanted showing of private parts
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Incest
  • Sexually obscene communications (in person, by phone, texting, email or social networking)

For more information, visit our Resources for Survivors page or contact a Rape Crisis and Recovery Center near you.