Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. Licensed mental health counselors, medical providers and pastoral counselors are examples of institution employees who may offer confidentiality. Institutions may substitute another relevant term having the same meaning, as appropriate to the policies of the institution.
The perpetrator of sexual violence may be a stranger, friend, family member, or intimate partner. Sexual Assault Any act of violence, either physical or verbal, in which sex is used as a weapon. At its most basic level, sexual assault refers to any form of nonconsensual sexual activity, which encompasses all unwanted sexual acts from intimidation to touching to penetration. Sexual assault is an act of aggression designed to humiliate, intimidate, control, or instill fear. Criminal Sexual Assault Criminal sexual assault is a crime which may include the following conduct: Penetration or attempted penetration of the vagina by penis, finger, or object Penetration or attempted penetration of the anus by penis, finger, or object Penetration or attempted penetration of the mouth by penis, finger, or object Non-consensual touching of intimate body parts Men and women, irrespective of sexual orientation, may be either perpetrators or victims.
Relationship Violence Relationship violence is violence that occurs between people who know each other: Some of the common terms used to describe relationship violence are courtship violence, battering, intimate partner violence, and dating violence or domestic violence. No matter what the motivation for stalking, the unwanted behaviors are the same and may include, but are not limited to: Stalkers may also enlist their friends or associates to help them stalk or have their associates speak with friends of the victim to obtain information.
Stalking includes a direct or implied threat, and victims often report fear for their safety. Stalking is about power and control. Stalkers control the time, type, amount, and place of contact. Rape Rape is a crime which is a form of criminal sexual assault. Every state has its own definitions of rape please see criminal sexual assault.
In general, rape is actual or attempted penetration accomplished by threats, coercion, or physical force. It includes nonconsensual vaginal, anal, or oral penetration by penis, finger, or any object. In the following circumstances, actual or attempted penetration is rape, because under NYS law, it is impossible for the following to give consent: Men and women, irrespective of sexual orientation, may be either perpetrators or victims.