A sexual assault can range from inappropriate touching to a life-threatening attack involving violence and rape. A sexual assault may leave no outward sign – there aren’t always visible injuries – but may cause immense distress and feelings of violation.

Being pressured or forced to have sex or take part in sexual activity when you don’t want to is a crime. Whatever the situation – whatever your relationship with the person, wherever you were, whatever you were wearing or whatever you were drinking or taking – you did not ask to be raped or sexually assaulted and it wasn’t your fault.

Forcing someone to take part in sexual activity against their will is about power, control and violence. It has nothing to do with sexual desire, love or passion. All sex without consent is rape.

If you’ve been raped or sexually assaulted, no matter what the circumstances or who was involved, remember that it wasn’t your fault. Please seek help.

  • Less than 10% of rapes are committed by strangers
  • More than half the cases of rape or sexual assault involve current or former partners
  • Although women aged between 16 and 19 are at the highest risk of being a victim of a sexual offence, they only represent 10% of cases.
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