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Rape and Sexual Assault

Definition: Sexual Assault and Rape are crimes of violence that use sex as a weapon to overpower and to degrade.

Description

Sexual assault includes any forced or unwanted touching of an intimate part of the body, such as breasts, buttocks, or genitals.

Sexual assault is a general term that includes any forced or unwanted sexual activity, including rape, incest, sexual abuse, and molestation.

Rape, a specific type of sexual assault, involves any forced, manipulated, or coerced penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth, by a penis or other object.

A rapist can be a stranger or someone the victim knows including a spouse, date, or family member.



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Barbara Ellis: Embodying the Safe Horizon Vision

For over a decade, Director of the Manhattan-Bronx Community Program Barbara Ellis has helped survivors of all violence, including rape and sexual assault. Read how her approach to work embodies Safe Horizon's mission and vision.
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