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What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is an action of a sexual nature, with or without physical contact, that is done against the will (without the consent) of the victim.

It involves the use of violence, threats, or abuse of power, or else manipulation, control, or blackmail.
Most of the time, the perpetrator of sexual assault is someone the victim knows, a member of their circle.

Sexual assault can also be committed by a person in a position of authority, such as a coach, teacher, family member or other person the victim knows, romantic partner, classmate, etc.
Both girls and guys can be victims of sexual assault.

Here are some examples of sexual assault:

  • Invitation to sexual touching
  • Kissing of a sexual nature
  • Touching
  • Masturbation
  • Oral-genital contact (cunnilingus, fellatio)
  • Penetration
  • Obscene phone calls
  • Exhibitionism (showing one’s genitals in public)
  • Incest
  • Pedophilia
  • Voyeurism (watching someone who’s naked, without their consent)
  • Frottage (rubbing one’s genitals against a stranger)

Ultimately, if a person commits a sexual act without your consent, it might be a kind of sexual assault. If you’re not sure, talk about it to a sexologist at your school or contact us!

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