What is sexual assault or abuse?
Sexual assault or abuse is any unwanted sexual act or activity. Sexual assault or abuse can happen to anyone. No-one ever deserves or asks for it to happen – it is never your fault.
There are many different types of sexual assault or abuse, including:
Rape, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, rape within marriage or relationships, forced marriage, so-called honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, trafficking, sexual exploitation and ritual abuse.
Sexual assault or abuse can be perpetrated by a stranger, or by someone known and even trusted, like a friend, colleague, family member, partner or ex-partner.