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 nonconsensual contact 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.
If you or someone you know is a victim or survivor of sexual assault please contact the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix’s 24-hour hotline at (340)773-9272 for free and confidential assistance. You are not alone. We are here to help.