Types of Assault
Sexual assault is not only rape; it is any unwanted sexual activity. Even if you have said “yes” to sex with the person before, or you are in a relationship with the person, no one has the right to have sex with you or pressure you into doing things you do not want to do. Any time you do not say “yes” to a sex act, it is sexual assault.
The use of alcohol or drugs in a sexual assault never excuses the actions of a rapist, nor do they implicate the survivor. Survivors of drug or alcohol facilitated sexual assault may not remember much of the assault and may question whether the assault happened at all.
There are many myths and stereotypes about sexual assault. But when you add in myths and prejudices about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (LGBTQ) people, a survivor faces even more misconceptions.
Sexual Assault is not only rape; it is ANY type of unwanted sexual contact. Everyone has the right to decide what they do or don’t want to do sexually. Not all sexual assaults are violent “attacks”. Forcing or pressuring someone to do something they don’t want to do or don’t consent to is sexual assault.