Current legal definition of sexual (indecent) assault

Sexual assault is an act of physical, psychological and emotional violation, in the form of a sexual act, which is inflicted on someone without consent. It can involve forcing or manipulating someone to witness or participate in any sexual acts, apart from penetration of the mouth with the penis, the penetration of the anus or vagina (however slight), which is rape.

What is rape?

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (the Act) came into force on the 1st May 2004. The purpose of the Act was to strengthen and modernise the law on sexual offences, whilst improving preventative measures and the protection of individuals from sexual offenders.

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Drug rape/date rape

Drug rape is when someone has sex with you, having knowingly given you a substance to make you vulnerable and unable to take care of yourself. Any substances that makes you become incapable of saying “no” can be called “date rape drugs”.

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What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse of children can happen in many different ways: Sexual touching of any part of the body, clothed or unclothed; Assault by penetration, including rape or penetration of the mouth with an object or part of the body; Encouraging a child to engage in sexual activity.

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