Types of Sexual Violence/Misconduct

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a violent crime in which an individual is forced into a sexual interaction without their consent.  Sexual assault includes sexual intercourse, sexual contact, sodomy or object penetration of the anus or vagina or other body opening without the victim’s consent. A person who is mentally or physically helpless cannot give consent. Intoxication or other mental or physical impairments may produce such a state of mental or physical helplessness. Sexual contact without the victim’s consent includes, but is not limited to, any intentional touching by the accused, either directly or through the clothing, of the victim’s genitals, breasts, thighs, or buttocks.

It also includes touching or fondling of the accused or a third party by the victim when the victim is forced to do so against his or her will.

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