"Edging ever closer ?"
Definitions by Government agencies are so
broad as to cover almost anything done by a man.
What is rape?
Rape is any form of sexual activity that you don't agree to, ranging from
touching to penetration. Rape is a crime even if you already know the person
who attacked you - if the person is a family member or friend or someone you
work with. It's a crime even if you didn't fight back. It's a crime even if
you were drinking or if you were taking drugs or were given drugs, or if you
were unconscious. Anyone can be raped--children or elderly people, wives or
girlfriends, even men.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that you do not want or agree
to. It ranges from inappropriate touching to penetration or intercourse. It
also can be verbal, visual, audio, or any other form which forces a person to
participate in unwanted sexual contact or attention. Sexual assault includes
rape and attempted rape, child molestation, voyeurism, exhibitionism, incest,
and sexual harassment. It can happen in different situations, such as: date
rape, domestic or intimate partner violence; or by a stranger. All forms of
sexual assault are crimes.
Who are the victims of sexual assault?
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an estimated 91% of the victims
of rape and sexual assault are female and 9% are male. (Nearly 99% of the
reported offenders are male.) The National Victim Center reports that 683,000
women are raped per year, and 13.3% of college women say they had been forced
to have sex in a dating situation. The National Violence Against Women Survey
found of the women who reported being raped, 54% were under the
age of 18 at the time of the first rape and 83% were under the age of 25.
However, sexual assault affects women, children, and men of all ages, racial,
cultural and economic backgrounds.