About Sexual Assault and Rape


Sexual assault is a crime of violence and control. Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact without consent between two or more people, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or marital status. This includes sexual contact with a person who is unable to give consent (e.g., due to being asleep, intoxicated, distressed, or unconscious). In Massachusetts, there are 2 categories of sexual assault: rape and indecent assault and battery.

Rape occurs when the sexual assault involves vaginal, anal or oral penetration by a penis, other body part, or object. Rape also occurs if the victim is unable to give consent because he or she is unconscious for any reason.

Indecent assault and battery occurs when the offender has intentional physical contact of a sexual nature with the victim against the victim's consent.

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Community Events

April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in an effort to raise the public’s awareness and educate communities in preventing sexual violence. You can be involved and show support in many ways, such as: