If you have been sexually assaulted please contact your nearest Centre Against Sexual Assault. In Victoria, phone 1800 806 292. In the rest of Australia phone 1800 RESPECT

What are: sexual assault, indecent assault and rape?

Sexual assault, indecent assault and rape are all behaviours of a sexual nature against a person that have occurred against someone’s choice or consent. They are all against the law.

What is sexual assault?

Generally speaking, sexual assault is any type of unwanted sexual behaviour that makes someone feel uncomfortable, intimidated or afraid. This includes:

  • Putting a penis, object or other body part in the victim’s vagina or anus, or putting a penis in the victim’s mouth. This is called penetration.
  • Contact between the mouth and genitals.
  • Being touched on the genitals by the abuser.
  • Being forced to touch the abuser on their genitals.
  • Being forced to look at, or pose for, pornographic photos/videos.
  • Being forced to perform sexual acts while the abuser watches.
  • Being forced to watch while the abuser performs sexual acts.
  • Sexual suggestions/jokes, repeated sexual innuendo or harassment.

Sexual assault is about power. Sexual assault is a violent crime expressed through sexual acts. Sexual assault is against the law.

What is indecent assault?

Indecent assault is considered any assault that occurs under “indecent circumstances” and that is not covered by the list shown above under ‘What is sexual assault?’

This typically means things such as:

  • Being touched over your clothes
  • Being forced to touch someone over their clothes
  • Being forced to kiss.

Indecent assault is against the law.

What is Rape?

Rape is when someone forces another person into sex (anal or vaginal), without that person’s consent. Rape is about power and control. The victim is forced to have sex without their consent.

Rape is against the law.

See also:  What is: consent?

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If you don't want to talk to the police you can report anonymously at Sexual Assault Report Anonymously

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