Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault offenses include the actual or attempted intentional touching of an unconsenting person's intimate parts (defined as genitalia, groin, breast, buttocks, or clothing covering these areas) or forcing an unconsenting person to touch another's intimate parts, rape, forcible sodomy, forcible oral copulation, and forcible sexual penetration, no matter how slight of another's anal, oral, or genital opening with any object.

These acts must be committed either by force, fraud, intimidation, or against the victim's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because the victim is unconscious, asleep, or otherwise unaware of the nature of the act and/or under even the slightest influence of alcohol or drugs.

Perpetrators may use many methods to assault their victims. They may employ alcohol, marijuana, other drugs, trickery, manipulation, coercion, bribery, blackmail, and threats. The offender often takes advantage of a person in a vulnerable or less powerful position in order to reduce the likelihood that the victim will resist attempts to humiliate, violate, and control.

If you say 'no' and are forced into a sexual act, it is rape. If you are intoxicated, you cannot consent legally. If you decide not to fight back or go along out of fear, this does not constitute consent. What you choose to do to get through an assault does not change the fact that sex without consent is still rape.

Most sexual assaults are committed by acquaintances, which can make reporting, disclosing, or dealing with an assault somewhat difficult. We encourage you to seek counseling, and to surround yourself with people who believe, support, and respect you.

No one deserves to be sexually assaulted - NO ONE!

Nothing you did or did not do provoked the assault. The victim is not responsible for being assaulted. No one deserves or asks to be raped.

Please take some time to review the additional information below.

  • University of Dallas Sexual Assault & Harassment Policy
  • The Facts about Sexual Assault
  • How to Avoid Acquaintance Rape
  • Safety Suggestions for Dating
  • The Alcohol and Drug Connection
  • Power of Bystanders
  • Help is Available
  • Sexual Assault Brochure