involves physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature which occurs without consent. Behaviors can include sexual contact ranging from unwanted kissing/touching to unwanted or forced sexual intercourse (oral, anal or vaginal sex).
Common Characteristics of Sexual Assault Offenders:
Sexual assault offenders can not be recognized by their appearance; however, they do tend to share certain characteristics. People who harass or assault are often manipulative, coercive, and have a desire for power and control.
- Not listening to what the person says; responding to limits set . by someone by saying, “You don’t mean that, you really love it.”
- Not stopping sexual foreplay when told or asked to stop.
- Talking about a date’s body or looking at their body in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Seeming to enjoy the victim’s discomfort.
- Acting as though the relationship is more intimate than it really is.
- Calling the victim names which make them feel uncomfortable.
- Blocking the victim’s path or following them as a means of intimidation.
- Touching the victim in intimate places “by accident.”
- Becoming hostile when the victim does not agree or give them their way.
- Trying to get a the victim intoxicated or using drugs to create an “easier” target.