What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any kind of sexual activity or act (including online) that was unwanted or involved one or more of the following:

pressure, manipulation, bullying,
intimidation, threats, deception and/or force

Rape and assault by penetration are examples of sexual assault.


Many of the myths surrounding sexual assault can make those who have experienced it feel as though they are somehow to blame. You are never to blame for any sexual assault that happens to you.

Some important things to remember about sexual assault are:

  • It can happen to anyone regardless of their age or gender.
  • It does not always leave visible injuries.
  • It does not have to involve physical violence or weapons.
  • It can be perpetrated by a stranger or someone that the person knows or trusts like a partner or ex-partner, family member, friend, teacher, or colleague.

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