Sexual Assault

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Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that you do not agree to. It takes many forms, such as:

• Inappropriate touching or fondling – even through clothes
• Vaginal, anal, or oral penetration
• Sexual intercourse
• Rape/attempted rape
• Child molestation

Sexual assault can take place in different situations: in the home by someone you know, on a date, or by a stranger in an isolated place. Assailants can be strangers, acquaintances, friends, or family members. They 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. And sexual assault is never the victim’s fault — no matter where or how it happens.



  • The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network - "The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice."
  • Violence Against Women Online Resources - "This site is a cooperative project of Office on Violence Against Women, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice, and Minnesota Center Against Violence & Abuse within the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota and is supported by grant number 98-WT-VX-K001."
  • National Crime Prevention Council


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