What Is Sexual Assault?
The term “sexual violence” encompasses sexual abuse, sexual assault, and rape. In Massachusetts, sexual assault is defined as any crime in which the offender subjects the victim to sexual touching that is unwanted and offensive. Rape is defined as Sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual intercourse with a person, by force and against his will, or by the threat of bodily injury. Sexual intercourse and unnatural intercourse include, by definition, the penetration of any bodily orifice by any object.
On average, sexual assault occurs every 73 seconds in America.