In newspapers and media reports, it’s sometimes stated women were violated and “sexually assaulted” or “abused”. Although I’m cognizant that abuse is traumatic regardless, “assault” covers such a broad range.
My point here is, are the public aware of the seriousness surrounding the most horrific assault cases. I located information below on the Gov’t of Western Australia Department of Health (Sexual Assault Resource Centre) website.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault can be a violent, unexpected, traumatic and sometimes life-threatening event or series of events. Sexual assault is ANY unwanted sexual act or behaviour which is threatening, violent, forced or coercive and to which a person has not given consent or was not able to give consent.
Sexual assault is a crime
- Putting a penis, object or other parts of the body into someone’s mouth, anus or vagina.
- Being forced to give or receive oral sex – putting a penis into someone’s mouth.
- Being forced to masturbate or forced to watch someone masturbate.
- Unwanted sexual touching – on private parts of the body.
- Sexual harassment – making inappropriate sexual comments.
- Voyeurism – someone exposing themselves to you.
- Making someone watch a sexual act or pornography.
The term ‘sexual violence’ is often used to describe sexual assault and sexual abuse.
What is sexual abuse?
Sexual abuse is when someone in a position of power or authority takes advantage of a person’s trust and respect to involve them in sexual activity. It can involve any of the examples above.
Sexual abuse is a crime
Sexual abuse can occur between:
- A child and an adult
- A child and an older child
- A patient and a doctor
- A student and a teacher
- A parishioner and a priest
More on this article explaining violent abuses: