Sexual Abuse / Assault / Harassment/ Violence

Sexual Abuse: Any unwanted sexual contact, including but not limited to force, threats, or taking advantage of an individual, often over some time. A single act of sexual abuse is usually referred to as a “sexual assault.” 

Sexual Assault: Any unwanted sex act committed by a person or people against another person. Examples include but are not limited to nonconsensual kissing, groping, or fondling; attempted rape; forcing someone to perform a sexual act; and rape.

Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other unwanted verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. 

Sexual Violence: An all-encompassing, non-legal term that refers to any completed or attempted sexual act that occurs when consent is not obtained or not freely given. It includes sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence, dating violence, and intimate partner violence.