Sexual assault

Sexual assault
Classification and external resources
Specialtyemergency medicine

Sexual assault is an act in which a person intentionally sexually touches another person without that person's consent, or coerces or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their will.[1] It is a form of sexual violence which includes rape (forced vaginal, anal or oral penetration or drug facilitated sexual assault), groping, child sexual abuse or the torture of the person in a sexual manner.[1][2][3]


Generally, sexual assault is defined as unwanted sexual contact. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network defines sexual assault as "unwanted sexual contact that stops short of rape or attempted rape. This includes sexual touching and fondling."[4]

The National Center for Victims of Crime states:[5]

In the United States, the definition of sexual assault varies widely among the individual states. However, in most states sexual assault occurs when there is lack of consent from one of the individuals involved. Consent must take place between two adults who are not incapacitated and can change during any time during the sexual act.

Other Languages
العربية: اعتداء جنسي
asturianu: Agresión sexual
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Палавыя злачынствы
euskara: Sexu eraso
Nederlands: Aanranding
日本語: 性的暴行
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Jinsiy jinoyatlar
português: Agressão sexual
Simple English: Sexual assault
Tiếng Việt: Tấn công tình dục
粵語: 性侵犯
中文: 性侵犯