What is Sexual Assault/Abuse/Rape?

What is Sexual Assault/Abuse/Rape?

Sexual assault or abuse is when someone makes you do something sexual when you don’t want to. Some examples of sexual assault or abuse are:

  • Unwanted kissing or touching
  • Unwanted rough or violent sexual activity
  • Someone putting their fingers, their penis or other object into your body
  • Refusing to use condoms or restricting someones access to contraception
  • Keeping someone from protecting themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Sexual contact with someone who is very drunk, drugged, unconscious or otherwise unable to give a clear and informed ‘yes’ or ‘no’
  • Threatening someone into unwanted sexual activity
  • Repeatedly pressuring someone to have sex or perform sexual acts
  • Repeatedly using sexual insults toward someone
  • Someone showing you pictures of people having sex, someone showing you their body or making you show them your body

Whether the accused is a stranger, acquaintance, spouse, or friend is irrelevant.

Sexual contact or behaviour that happens when you don’t want it – is never OK.

To access any of our services and talk in confidence to someone who will understand,
phone 03 548 2407 or
email sash@sash.co.nz