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sexual assault

the forcible perpetration of an act of sexual contact on the body of another person, male or female, without his or her consent. Legal criteria vary among different communities.
Any sexual act performed by one person on another without consent
Legal elements Use or threat of force, inability of victim to give proper consent or both

sexual assault

Forensic medicine '…any sexual act performed by one person on another without permission…components: use or threat of force, inability of victim to give proper consent or both.' Incidence 80/100,000/yr; accounts for 7% of violent crimes reported in US–
it is vastly underreported due to '…humiliation, feelings of guilt, fear of retribution, lack of knowledge of legal rights, disillusionment with criminal justice system' Morbidity Up to 5% of SA victims sustain major nongenital injuries; 1% have severe genital injuries requiring surgery; 0.1% sustain injuries that are ultimately fatal Injuries 11 anatomic sites may be affected by SA, in particular, posterior fourchette; videocolposcopy ↑ rate of detection 3-fold, allows permanent forensic documentation. See Rape, Rape trauma syndrome.

sexual assault

Actual or attempted oral, anal, or vaginal penetration against the victim's will. It includes sexual intercourse, forced penetration of another person's body, and grasping of the victim's breasts, buttocks, or genitals.
See: rape
See also: assault
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Today, Anderson is encouraging those who have been sexually assaulted not to consider themselves as victims - but rather as survivors.
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Instead of taking her home, he sexually assaulted her.
He tied her up with her shoelaces, drove to a parking lot, and sexually assaulted her.
As she entered the churchyard the woman was forced to the floor and then sexually assaulted.
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Who: San Francisco plaintiff rights law firm Hersh & Hersh has reached an out-of-court settlement with the Los Gatos Motor Inn on behalf of its client who was sexually assaulted while staying at the motel in February 2002.
A forensic expert said semen stains found on the complainant's underwear suggested he was sexually assaulted by the accused.
They added: "This young woman came forward to gardai in the past number of months claiming she had been sexually assaulted when she was a minor.
The 17-year-old Bahraini, allegedly armed with a metal rod, forced his Bahraini victims, both 11-years-old, into an under-construction building in Daih where he sexually assaulted them.
A MAN who sexually assaulted a teenager when they fell asleep in the same bed after a party was spared jail.
A 12-YEAR-OLD schoolgirl was sexually assaulted as she walked home from school.