What you should know about sexual assault
Sexual assault is more common than many believe. 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime and about 3% of American men or 1 in 33 have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
Sexual assault can be a confusing and overwhelming experience. Many times people feel unsure of if what happened was sexual assault. Often alcohol or drugs may have been used prior to experiencing a sexual assault. This can result in confusion, memory loss, shame and self-blame.
Most people who are sexually assaulted are assaulted by someone they know and trust. These feelings can often lead to delayed reporting, which is very common. No matter what the circumstances, sexual assault is not okay.
The Saint Louis University Sexual Assault Policy defines sexual assault as engaging in any form of sexual contact or conduct with another without that person's clear, knowing, and voluntary consent. It is the responsibility of the person seeking to initiate sexual contact or conduct to affirmatively obtain such consent. It is not the responsibility of the intended recipient of such sexual contact to affirmatively deny such consent.
Sexual Assault Includes:
- Intentional touching, either of the victim or when the victim is forced to touch, directly or through clothing, another person's genitals, breasts, thighs or buttocks
- Rape (sexual intercourse without consent whether by an acquaintance or a stranger)
- Attempted rape
- Sodomy (oral or anal intercourse) without consent
- Sexual penetration with an object without consent