What Is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is an umbrella term used to describe several types of non-consensual contact and behavior.
A classmate, friend, partner, stranger, co-worker, family member or anyone we're intimate with can perpetrate sexual assault. It can involve the use of drugs and alcohol, and can happen anywhere, such as in class, residence halls, home, and on and off campus. Sexual assault can happen in any community regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and/or ability.
Sexual assault is ANY sexual contact without consent
At UCR, sexual assault is categorized into the following descriptions:
- Sexual Assault - Penetration:Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina, anus or mouth by a penis; or the vagina or anus by any body part or object. This may commonly refer to experiences of rape, sodomy or attempted sexual assault.
- Sexual Assault - Contact: Touching an intimate body part (genitalia, anus, groin, breast, or buttocks; unclothed or clothed). This may also be referred to as sexual battery, groping or fondling.
Inappropriate conduct may include:
- Physical force
- Ignoring the objections of the other person
- Causing the other person’s intoxication/incapacitation with drugs and/or alcohol
- Taking advantage of the other person’s incapacitation, including voluntary intoxication