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What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that you do not agree to, including:

  • sexual intercourse
  • vaginal, anal, or oral penetration
  • fondling
  • child molestation
  • incest
  • attempted rape
  • marital or partner rape
  • alcohol and/or drug facilitated sexual assault
  • sexual contact with someone who is unconscious

    Sexual assault is not only physical. It can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention, including voyeurism (when someone watches private sexual acts), exhibitionism (when someone exposes him/herself in public), incest (sexual contact between family members), and sexual harassment. It can happen anywhere -- in a friend’s or acquaintance’s home, on a date, or by a stranger in an isolated place.

    Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault - no matter where or how it happens! Safe Harbor Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline: 801-444-9161

    Sexual Assault Myths and Facts

    Myth: Most rapes and sexual assaults are perpetrated by strangers.
    Fact: Over 80% of sexual assault and rapes are committed by someone the survivor knows.

    Myth: Many people file false reports about sexual assault to get revenge.
    Fact: According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the rate of false reports for rape is the same as any other major violent crime between two to eight percent.

    Myth: People can avoid being sexually assaulted.
    Fact: There is no perfect way to avoid sexual assault. A child molested by a caregiver is not asking to be assaulted and shouldn’t be blamed for the assault.

    Myth: Sexual Assault is an act of lust.
    Fact: Sexual assault is an act of violence and aggression.

    For more information about these myths and facts, visit http://www.ucasa.org/presskit.pdf.

    Our Sexual Assault Crisis Line is always available: 801-444-9161