Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact or attention achieved by force, threats, bribes, manipulation, pressure, tricks or violence. Sexual assault may be physical or non-physical and includes rape and attempted rape, child molestation and incest, and sexual harassment. Sexual assault is committed by strangers and, more often, acquaintances, friends or relatives.
Anyone can become a victim of sexual assault, regardless of age, race or income level. Research indicates that 1 out of every 3 women, 1 out of every 9 men and 1 out of every 4 children is sexually assaulted. Sexual assault is a crime of violence, anger and control that hurts both victims and those who love them.