What is Sexual Assault?
In Colorado Sexual Assault & Rape are synonymous. Sexual assault is sexual penetration or intrusion without your consent. This crime also covers circumstances when you are mentally incapable of giving consent to any sexual contact, including being in a coma or passed out from drug alcohol use. Sexual assault can happen anywhere or anytime.
Threats, intimidation, manipulation, physical force, or abuse of power are commonly used to get the victim to comply. The perpetrator may be a stranger, an acquaintance, a friend, co-worker, classmate, family member, boyfriend, girlfriend, partner or spouse.
More often than not, the perpetrator is someone the victim knows.
Sexual assault is a crime.
No matter what the circumstances, sexual assault is never the victim’s fault.