What is Sexual Assault?
- Rape or sexual assault is a crime of violence, not sex
- It is an expression of power and control
- Sexual assault victims can be of any race, sex, age, ethnicity, nationality, religious preference, sexual orientation or socio-economic background
The terms sexual assault and rape are used interchangeably. They refer to any sexual contact without expressed consent between two or more people. Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault; it does not matter how she or he is dressed or what is being done.
Date rape is used to describe sexual assault between dating partners. Sexual assault by a perpetrator who knows the victim is known as acquaintance rape.
We are here to help. Please call the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix’s 24-hour hotline at (340)773-9272 for free and confidential assistance if you or someone you know is a victim or survivor of sexual assault. You are not alone!