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Sexual Assault Violence That’s Not About Sex

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is an act in which sex is used as a weapon. Sexual harassment, incest, molestation, indecent exposure, and rape are all examples of sexual assault. They all include unwanted, forced sexual contact, and they are all against the law.

What do you mean, it’s not about sex?

Sexual assault is about asserting power and control over another person. Sex is only a method that is used to show the perpetrator’s power over the victim. It is about violence and power, not about sex. Sex is used as a means to demean and humiliate the victim.