Rape is sex without consent. This means that rape isn’t just people being physically forced into a sexual act, it also includes pressure that makes someone feel like they had no choice but to have sex.
Most rape victims know their attacker, sometimes it is even the person they’re in a relationship with.
Anyone of any gender or sexual orientation can be a victim of rape and / or sexual assault. The most important bit to remember is that being pressured or forced to have sex or to do something sexual when you don’t want to is a crime. If you have been raped, or sexually assaulted, remember that it’s not your fault, you aren’t to blame and there are people who can help you.
Both rape and sexual assault are serious crimes. Depending on what happens and who is involved, the crime is either called ‘rape’ or ‘sexual assault’. The consequences of sexual offences are very serious for both the victim and the person who committed the crime.
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