What is Sexual Assault?


"Sexual assault" is an umbrella term used to refer to many forms of inappropriate violations in a sexual manner. If you feel unsure about an event that left you uncomfortable, please contact us for help in exploring what may have left you feeling very uncomfortable. Just because what you are calling your uncomfortable event may not be on this list, it does not mean that what happened to you was acceptable behavior or that you were not violated. 
Some terms that may be under "sexual assault":
  • Molestation
  • Fondling
  • Touching
  • Forced touching
  • Rape
  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Forced oral performance
  • Exposure
  • Contact without consent
  • Harrassment
  • Nonconsensual sex
  • Forced sex
  • Penetration with a non bodily object
The following are some considerations to think about to determine if a sexual act was sexual assault:
  • Are participants old enough to consent? Were you under the age of 18?
  • Did both participants have capacity to consent? Were you sleep deprived? Intoxicated? Incapacitated in anyway or disabled?
  • Did participants agree to take part? Was consent obtained before and respected during the interaction?
  • Were you left feeling uncomfortable, hurt, or confused after the sexual interaction?
Some common questions you may ask yourself are:
  • What if I did not say “no”?
  • What if I did not resist physically?
  • What if I was unconscious or had been drinking?
  • What if I am in a relationship with the person?
These questions are very normal to wonder after a sexual assault.  Please contact us to discuss specific situations further.