Sexual assault takes many forms, including attacks such as rape or attempted rape as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats.
Usually a sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person’s body in a sexual way without that person’s consent—even through clothing.
Some types of sexual acts which fall under the category of sexual assault include forced sexual intercourse (rape), sodomy (oral or anal sexual acts), child molestation, incest, fondling and attempted rape.
Sexual assault in any form is often a devastating crime.
Assailants can be strangers, acquaintances, friends or family members.
Assailants commit sexual assault by way of violence, threats, coercion, manipulation, pressure or tricks. Whatever the circumstances, no one asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted.
In most jurisdictions, the term sexual assault has replaced the term rape in the state statutes. This was done to be more gender-neutral and to cover more specific types of sexual victimization and various levels of coercion.