Sexual assault occurs when someone is coerced or forced into any type of physical or sexual contact. You may know of sexual assault as "rape", "date rape", and/or "acquaintance rape."
Sometimes, a person may feel that they have to "go along with" or "give into" their partner's requests or demands. They may do so to avoid upsetting the person, or because they fear for their own safety if they said no. Sexual assault is NEVER the fault of the victim.
When a person has experienced date rape and/or acquaintance rape, they have been coerced into sexual activity by someone they know. The perpetrator is almost always a man, and though both men and women can be raped, women are most often the targets of this violence. It is difficult to know precise statistics on male survivors of sexual assault, as many rape survivors choose not to report attacks. However, men are raped by other men and are also victims of sexual violence. Date and acquaintance rape can happen to or be perpetrated by anyone.