Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Intervention Program

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 or marital status. 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.