What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is:

  • Any sexual act committed or attempted against a person's will
  • Forced sexual contact by dates, spouses, family members, acquaintances or strangers
  • Includes a range of acts, from obscene phone calls to forced sexual intercourse
  • Any sexual contact you don't want

Sexual assault is a crime punishable by imprisonment in New York State and violates College Policy . 

Sexual assault does not happen because of uncontrolled lust or sexual passion. Sexual assault is a crime of aggression and violence.

There is never an excuse or a reason for one person to rape, assault or even touch another person without permission. No one has this "right" no matter how someone else behaves or dresses. No woman causes herself to be raped.

What Is Rape?

Rape is defined as sexual intercourse, sodomy or oral copulation accomplished against a person's will:

  • Through use of force or fear
  • Whether the person is male or female
  • When the person is prevented from resisting by alcohol or drugs administered by or with the knowledge of the offender
  • When the person is unaware of the nature of the act
  • When the person is deemed incapable of consent as defined by local, state, and federal law