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Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the victim. Sexual assault can take many different forms including rape, attempted rape, forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, or unwanted sexual touching. Force doesn't always refer to physical pressure. Perpetrators may use emotional coercion, psychological force, or manipulation to coerce a victim into non-consensual sex. In the majority of cases, the victims of rape knew the person who sexually assaulted them. Aside from physical traumas, rape and other sexual assault often result in long-term emotional effects. It is not uncommon for survivors of sexual assault to blame themselves for behaving in a way that encouraged the perpetrator. It is important to remember that the victim is never to blame for the actions of a perpetrator.

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