In UK law, sexual assault is a crime that can be committed by both men and women against men or women. Different types of sexual assault include:
- Being forced or pressured to do a sexual act you don’t want to do
- Objects or parts of the body (e.g. a finger) being put into someone's vagina or anus when that person didn't want it to happen.
- Someone being touched in a sexual way that makes him or her feel uncomfortable or frightened. This could be through their clothes (like bottom pinching).
- Someone being made to masturbate.
- Any other form of physical closeness that happens without consent is known as sexual assault. It can also include; watching other people having sex, 'sexting' (sending sexual images), and forcing involvement in watching or making pornography.
If you have been sexually assaulted it is important to remember it is not your fault.
You should tell someone you trust about what has happened so that you can get the help and support that you need. You may want to get help from a friend, a parent/carer, teacher or youth worker.
You can also speak to the police. Most police forces have specially trained officers. You can contact the police immediately by dialling 999. You can also call ChildLine on 0800 1111 or Brook on 0808 802 1234.