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Sexual Assault

Sexual assault can happen to anyone: people of all ages, genders, backgrounds, and other differences. It can be violent and happen by force, but often times manipulation and coercion is used. While precise legal definitions vary from state to state, sexual assault is a term commonly used to mean non-consensual sexual contact or intercourse.

By definition, sexual coercion or manipulation is the act of using pressure, alcohol or drugs, or force to have sexual contact with someone who has already refused. (Manipulation does not involve overtly aggressive behaviors like threats or bullying although manipulative people may do these things at times.)