SEXUAL ASSAULT, also known as sexual abuse, sexual violence and rape, comes in many forms.
– Fondling, groping or any other form of touching in a sexual manner.
– Forcing the victim to perform sexual acts such as oral sex, masturbation or penetration of the perpetrator’s body.
– Attempted rape
– Rape, which is defined as forced penetration of the victim’s body.
Rape is a form of sexual assault. However, sexual assault is not always rape. The FBI defines rape as “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim”. The legal definitions will vary by state.
There are different types of sexual violence. Click on each to learn more.
ACQUAINTANCE RAPE / DATE RAPE
SEXUAL ASSAULT OF MEN AND BOYS
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
DRUG FACILITATED SEXUAL ASSAULT
Sexual assault doesn’t have to be overt, frequent, violent, leave visible injury or require medical attention. Learn about consent, the law (from RAINN) and its effects.
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, domestic abuse or relationship violence, contact a coalition in your state or any of these organizations that may apply to your situation:
The National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-HOPE (4673)
The National Domestic Violence Helpline 800-799-SAFE (7233)
The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 866-331-9474
ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)