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​Sexual Assault/Child Abuse

Sexual assault is an act in which one intentionally sexually touches another person without that person's consent or coerces or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their will. It is a form of sexual violence, which includes child sexual abuse, groping, rape (forced vaginal, anal, or oral penetration or a drug facilitated sexual assault), or the torture of the person in a sexual manner.

There are different types of Sexual Abuse:

Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse is a form of child abuse in which an adult or an older adolescent abuses a child for sexual purposes. Forms of child sexual abuse include asking or pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities (regardless of whatever the outcome is), indecent exposure of the genitals to a child, displaying pornography to a child, literal sexual contact against a child, physical contact with the child's genitals, viewing of the child's genitalia without physical contact, or using a child to produce child pornography, including live streaming/recording sexual abuse.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic type of setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. Not only can domestic abuse be emotional, physical, psychological, and financial, but it can be sexual as well. Some of the signs of sexual abuse are similar to those of domestic violence.


The term groping is used to define the touching or handling of another person in a sexual way without the person's consent. Groping may occur under or over clothing.


The meaning of rape (sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without that person's consent) is often used interchangeably with sexual assault. Although closely related, the two terms are technically distinct in most jurisdictions. Sexual assault typically includes rape and other forms of non-consensual sexual acts.

The removal of a condom during intercourse without the consent of the sex partner, known as stealthing, may be treated as a sexual assault or rape in some jurisdictions.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is intimidation, bullying or coercion of a sexual nature. It may also be defined as the unpleasant or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors. The legal and social definition of what constitutes sexual harassment differ widely by culture. Sexual harassment includes a wide range of behaviors from seemingly mild transgressions to serious forms of abuse. Some forms of sexual harassment overlap with sexual assault.

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