It is a widespread problem that reflects how the basic human rights of women and children are undervalued in our society.
Sexual assault is a crime that has far reaching emotional, social, medical, political and legal consequences.
Sexual assault can take various forms, some of which are criminal offences. Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual behaviour, whether from a man or a woman, which causes humiliation, pain, fear or intimidation. It includes rape, incest, child abuse, and unwanted or unwelcome kissing and touching. It also includes behaviour that does not involve actual touching. Forcing someone to watch pornography or masturbation, for example, constitutes sexual assault.
Besides dispelling destructive myths surrounding sexual assault, WIRE's Sexual Assault information sheet explores:
- What is sexual assault?
- The impacts of sexual assault
- Commonly held myths
- Getting support
- Supporting someone who has been assaulted
- What is sexual harassment?
- Where can I go for help?