Sexual assault is a very serious crime.
The term 'sexual assault' is used to cover any sexual crime including rape, unlawful sexual intercourse and indecent assault.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is when someone gets you to do sexual things that you do not want to do, or does sexual things to you that you do not want them to do.
Sexual assault includes a range of unwanted sexual behaviours including:
- unwanted touching and kissing
- sexual harassment
- coerced sexual activity
It may or may not include violence and physical threats.
It is still sexual assault even if:
- you have had sex with the person before
- you love the person who assaulted you
- you agreed to some things, but did not agree to other things
- the person who assaulted you is your partner.
Sexual assault also includes image-based abuse, where an intimate image or video of a person is shared without their consent.
17 is the legal age of consent for sexual intercourse in South Australia. The age of consent becomes 18 if the other person is in a position of authority.
Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault, regardless of their gender. It is a myth that all victims of sexual assault are female and all sexual offenders are male.
What should I do?
If you believe you are unsafe right now, you should call the police on 000.
After being sexually assaulted, you may be faced with some decisions. You may have to think about the following:
- do I need to see a doctor?
- should I tell the police?
- will I need counselling?
There are people that can help you understand your choices. The Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service provide a range of services for people who have experienced sexual assault.