Sexual Assault Information

What is Sexual Assault?

What is sexual assault and inappropriate sexual contact?

SASHAA defines sexual assault as a completed non-consensual sexual act, an attempted non-consensual sexual act, and abusive sexual contact.

According to the US Department of Justice, Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.


It is estimated that, worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. (United Nations)

Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria. (World Bank)

Where Do Sexual Assaults Occur?

Violence against women and girls is not confined to any particular political or economic system, but it is prevalent in every society in the world. It cuts across boundaries of wealth, race and culture. (UN Secretary General’s Campaign to End Violence Against Women)