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.
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.
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