What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is a broad category of actions in which sexual acts and/or sexual harassment is performed without consent or upon a person who is not able to give consent (e.g. in the case where one is intoxicated and unable to effectively give consent). Berea College recognizes that sexual assault is not gender specific as both men and women can be a victim or perpetrator of sexual assault. Sexual assault is unwanted sexual contact where a person’s consent has not been given. It may include unwanted kissing, touching or fondling, touching intimate parts of the body or even the clothing covering intimate body parts. It need not, but may, include penetration as in rape.