‘Sexual assault’ includes a variety of unwanted sexual behaviors used by offenders to assert power and control over their victims. There are many myths around what constitutes sexual assault, so find out the facts. If you’ve been sexually assaulted, you might experience a range of emotions and it’s important to know there are support services that can help you.
What is Sexual assault We define it as any unwanted sexual behavior that makes a person feel uncomfortable, threatened or scared. It covers:
Rape: forced, unwanted sex or sexual acts.
Child sexual abuse: using power over a child to involve that child in sexual activity.
Indecent assault: indecent behavior before, during or after an assault.
But one thing remains clear, sexual assault is not the victim's fault.
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSEWhen a perpetrator intentionally harms a minor physically, psychologically, sexually, or by acts of neglect, the crime is known as child abuse.