Sexual assault is any activity involving a person who does not or cannot give consent. This can include touching, kissing, grabbing, rape, or any other type of sexual contact. It is forced, coerced, or manipulated sexual activity. Perpetrators may also use alcohol or drugs to increase the victim’s vulnerability. Sexual assault is a crime in which the assailant uses sex to inflict humiliation on the victim and/or exert power and control.
If you are married or in a dating relationship with the assailant, it is still considered sexual assault if consent is not given. It affects men, women, and children of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, disabilities, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses. Sexual assault does not discriminate. There is not a time limit on the trauma caused by sexual assault. Ongoing support services are available and should be utilized if needed. Seek counseling or psychological help if necessary to deal with emotional issues that can be the results of an assault.
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to offer support.