Sexual assault is a form of violence, even when it does not include a weapon, an overt threat or physical force. Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual activity that is forced on one person by another, which may or may not involve penetration. Sexual assault includes a wide range of behaviors including rape, sexual contact (touching, grabbing or fondling) and incest. Sexual activity that occurs when one person is incapacitated, due to drugs, alcohol, etc. is also considered sexual assault under the law because the person is unable to provide consent.
Sexual assault is an issue that affects everyone. Chances are, you know someone who's life has been touched by sexual assault even if they have not told you. Sexual assault survivors often remain silent because they are afraid that they will not be believed or will be blamed for their victimization.
Sexual violence thrives in secrecy and isolation. You can change that by actively working to raise awareness about the issue, educating your peers and learning how to support someone who has been assaulted. If you have been sexually assaulted, either as an adult or as a child, you can begin to regain your power by breaking the silence and seeking help at the Counseling Center. You do not have to be alone.