What is rape or sexual assault?
13 Jun 2018
Rape is sexual intercourse without consent or with indifference to consent.
The difference between healthy sexual contact and rape is not the sexual act, but the lack of consent.
- Examples of lack of consent include using physical force such as hitting, shoving, pushing, slapping, grabbing arms or wrists, and holding down.
- If pressure is put on you or you are bullied into having sex when you don't want to, or you show by your behaviour that you are not consenting it is still rape, even if you have not actually said 'No'.
To find out more have a look at these topics on the Reachout site:
What is sexual assault? https://au.reachout.com/articles/what-is-sexual-assault
What is sexual consent? https://au.reachout.com/articles/what-is-sexual-consent
- Indifference to consent is a legal term that means, for example, if a man has sex with a woman who is drunk or drugged and who does not protest, because she is not in a condition to give consent, it is rape. This means that the man does not care whether she gives consent or not (indifference).
Often rapists make excuses in an attempt to justify rape. They often use excuses to try to shift responsibility for rape away from them. It is important to remember that nobody has the right to force someone else into an unwanted sexual activity.
However regardless of whether you are raped by a stranger or somebody you know, it is a crime of violence and is illegal.
Crisis centres in many places provide a range of confidential medical and counselling services, for males and females who experience rape or sexual assault. They are staffed by doctors and trained counsellors. Services vary from place to place. If you don't know how to access the help you want, your local police will be able to help find them you even if you don't want the police to become involved.
To find out more about how to get help in South Australia if you have been raped have a look at this topic Rape.