Sexual Assault Laws and Consent

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SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Sexual violence is any sexual contact forced upon a person without his or her consent. It does not have to involve physical force.

Consensual Sex: Sexual involvement/activity with another person based on mutual consent. Both people want to be there and want to engage in the activity. Both people are making a choice that feels good and right to them!

TYPES OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE:

  • Sexual Exploitation: A pattern of unwanted sexual advances, asking for sexual favors, and any other unwanted verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature.
  • Child Sexual Abuse: Tricked, forced, and/or secret touching or penetration of a child’s private parts. This may be done by an adult or another child. The purpose is for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator.
  • Incest: Sexual contact/intercourse between family members.
  • Acquaintance Rape: Being raped by someone you know (i.e. neighbor, friend, clergy, teacher).
  • Date Rape: A form of acquaintance rape, when someone is raped by someone they have dated or are dating.
  • Stranger Rape: Being raped by someone you do not know.
  • Gang or Party Rape: A form of acquaintance rape that occurs when more than one person rapes an individual. This often occurs at specific places such as fraternity houses and male dorms, but it can happen anywhere.

Statutory Sexual Assault

Statutory Sexual Assault is:

  • One person is under the age of 13, OR
  • One person is under the age of 16 and the other person is 4 or more years older than the younger person

STATUTORY SEXUAL ASSAULT IS AGAINST THE LAW!

Statutory Sexual Assault:

  • Is never the younger person’s fault, NO MATTER WHAT!
  • Holds the other person responsible, NO MATTER WHAT!
  • Applies to any kind of relationship where sexual intercourse occurs

Age of Consent:

In Pennsylvania the age of consent is 16. If a person is under 16, he/she cannot give consent (or agree)