What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any sexual encounter that happens without your consent. We often talk about rape and other forms of sexual assault as something that only strangers commit; all forms of sexual assault, however, are equally wrong in relationships. Being in a relationship, no matter how long a period of time, does not ever give your partner the right to sexually abuse you or demand any kind of sexual activity that you do not want to do. This includes but is not limited to the following examples:

  • Unwanted touching
  • Rape: actual or attempted unwanted vaginal, oral, or anal penetration by an object or body part
  • Forcing or manipulating you into doing unwanted, painful or degrading acts during intercourse
  • Taking advantage of you while you’re drunk or otherwise not likely to give consent
  • Denying you contraception or protection against sexually transmitted diseases
  • Taking any kind of sexual pictures or film of you without your consent
  • Forcing you to perform sexual acts on film or in person for money
  • Threatening to break up with you if you refuse sex