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What is sexual assault?

The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include:

·         Attempted rape

·         Fondling or unwanted sexual touching

·         Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, i.e. oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body

·         Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape

Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.

Sexual assault covers a wide range of unwanted behaviors—up to but not including penetration—that are attempted or completed against a victim's will or when a victim cannot consent because of age, disability, or the influence of alcohol or drugs. Sexual assault may involve actual or threatened physical force, use of weapons, coercion, intimidation, or pressure and may include—

Intentional touching of the victim's genitals, anus, groin, or breasts.

Undesired exposure to pornography.

Voyeurism, or peeping (when someone watches private sexual acts without consent)

Exhibitionism (when someone exposes himself or herself in public)

Sexual harassment or threats

Forcing someone to pose for sexual pictures

Public display of images that were taken in a private context or when the victim was unaware.

Sexual assault can include:

Any type of sexual contact with someone who cannot consent, such as someone who is underage, has an intellectual disability, or is passed out


Attempted rape

Sexual coercion

Sexual contact with a child

Incest (sexual contact between family members)

Fondling or unwanted touching above or under clothes

Sexual assault can also be verbal or visual. It is anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention.

If you need help

Visit ONE PLACE Family Justice Center at 530 S. Lawrence Street, Montgomery, Alabama or call 334.262.7378 or if you are in immediate danger Call 911.


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