Sexual contact without a personâ€™s consent. It covers a range of acts from unwanted touching and fondling to attempted and completed rape. What these acts have in common is a lack of consent.
Occurs when a person is unable to consent; when he or she is forced, threatened, intimidated or physically or mentally incapacitated. Alcohol or drug intoxication can produce such a state of incapacitation.
Rape is sexual intercourse without a personâ€™s consent. It includes vaginal, anal or oral penetration with either a body part or an object.
Sexual assault is a crime. It is a crime of power, not lust, and it is intended to hurt, control, and humiliate another person.
Sexual assault is most often perpetrated by someone known to the victimâ€”an acquaintance, friend, date, classmate, coworker, or intimate partner. About 90% of sexual assaults on college students are committed by someone the victim knows.¹
¹Fisher, S., Cullen, F., Turner, M., 2000. The Sexual Victimization of College Women. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice.