It is important to define sexual assault, dating violence and stalking because some women have been the object of the crimes listed below, but do not think they were sexually assaulted or stalked.
What is Sexual Assault?
As defined by the DOJ, Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.
As defined by the DOJ, Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim is dating violence.
What is Stalking?
As defined by the DOJ, Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
GROW – Grand Rapids Alliance for Women
RAINN - Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
NNEDV - The National Network to End Domestic Violence
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