What is sexual assault?

A sexual assault is about power, anger, and control. It is an act of violence and an attempt to degrade someone using sex as a weapon. Above all, sexual assault is a crime. Sexual assaults can happen to anyone: children, students, wives, mothers, working women, grandmothers, the rich and the poor, and boys and men. The assailants can be anyone: classmates, coworkers, a neighbor or delivery person, total strangers, outgoing or shy, and often a friend or a family member.