What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault refers to sexual contact without consent. This includes rape, sexual abuse, attempted rape, and unwanted sexual touching. It may include penetration- including vaginal intercourse, oral sex, and anal sex- but it does not need to include these acts in order to be considered sexual assault. Anything that isn't consensual is assault. If you are unable to willingly consent to sex (if you are under the influence, for example) and unwanted sexual contact occurs, it is considered sexual assault. In order for sex to be consensual, both people need to be able to consent, to understand the implications of their consent, and to participate in sexual activities freely.
No ALWAYS means NO, regardless of what you're wearing, how much you've had to drink, or how many times you've been sexually involved with the person in the past. Sexual assault and rape are crimes of opportunity. You did NOT invite this, and it is NOT your fault.
You are NOT alone.
If you have have been sexually assaulted or raped, the Sexual Assault Response Team- a specially trained group of Nazareth College staff and faculty- is available to emotionally support you through the crisis and to guide you in making informed decisions about counseling, medical care and reporting the incident.
The Sexual Assault Response Team is available 24 hours a day to assist you. Call 585-258-0080.