Sexual assault

Definition

Sexual assault is a sexual act, with or without physical contact, committed by an individual without the consent of the victim or, in some cases, through emotional manipulation or blackmail.

 

It is an act that subjects another person to the perpetrator’s desires through an abuse of power, the use of force or coercion, or implicit or explicit threats*.

Sexual assault violates the victim’s fundamental rights, including the right to physical and psychological integrity and personal security**.

Statistics***

1 woman in 3

has been sexually assaulted at least once after age 16. 

For more information

* For more information on sexual assault, visit the website of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ)

** Ibid.

*** Statistics taken from the Information Guide for Sexual Assault Victims.