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, or anal sex) but it does not need to include these acts 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.
Nazareth College adheres to federal regulations for creating an environment free from sexual misconduct, harassment, and discrimination. Read the Naz Title IX: Sexual Misconduct Harassment and Discrimination policy for more information.
Call RESTORE (formerly Rape Crisis) at 585-546-2777 to speak to a counselor 24 hours a day if you or someone you know needs help dealing with the aftermath of unwanted sexual contact.
All services at RESTORE are free and confidential.