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Sexual assault and abuse is any type of sexual activity that you do not agree to, including: inappropriate touching, vaginal, anal, or oral penetration, sexual intercourse, rape, attempted rape, and child molestation. Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention.

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What is sexual violence?

Sexual assault and abuse is any type of sexual activity that you do not agree to, including: inappropriate touching, vaginal, anal, or oral penetration, sexual intercourse, rape, attempted rape, and child molestation. 

Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention. It can happen in different situations, by a stranger in an isolated place, on a date, or in the home by someone you know.

Examples of this are:

  • Voyeurism- when someone watches private sexual acts
  • Exhibitionism- when someone exposes him/herself in public
  • Incest- sexual contact between family members
  • Sexual Harassment

Rape is a common form of sexual assault. It is committed in many situations — on a date, by a friend or an acquaintance, or when you think you are alone. Educate yourself on “date rape” drugs. They can be slipped into a drink when a victim is not looking. Never leave your drink unattended — no matter where you are. Try to always be aware of your surroundings. Date rape drugs make a person unable to resist assault and can cause memory loss so the victim doesn’t know what happened.

If you are sexually assaulted, it is not your fault. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or support. Help is available. You can call these organizations:

Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS)
1-888-999-5545     1-888-568-8332 (En Espanol)

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD)

National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE (4673) 

Source: National Women's Health Information Center