Sexual Assault and Rape
Sexual assault and rape are sexual offences that are acts of a sexual nature that are conducted intentionally without consent. These can include sexual assault, which can involve kissing, groping, and fondling and it can be violent or non-violent, assault by penetration and rape.
A person consents if they agree by choice, and have the freedom and capacity to make that choice. Freedom means not being constrained in any way to agree to sexual activity. Having capacity means the person can make and communicate a decision, understand the consequences and know they have a choice.
You can find out more on sexual assault, assault by penetration, rape and consent by visiting the Crown Prosecution Service site on the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
It’s happened to me
If you have experienced sexual assault or rape, it is not your fault and you are not alone. Visit our support pages on sexual assault and rape for further advice and support.
It’s happened to someone I know
Supporting a survivor of sexual assault or rape can be daunting you don't have to be an expert to support someone but there are some things you can do that will help. Visit our support pages on sexual assault and rape for further advice and support.