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A sexual assault is any unwanted sexual touching of another person without their consent, is inflicted upon a person who is not capable of giving their consent because of their age or their  physical or mental incapacity, or who places the assailant in a position of trust or authority. As a violent crime, sexual assault includes acts of rape, forced kissing or fondling, other non-consensual sexual acts, and child sexual abuse.

Almost any sexual behavior to which a person does not consent, that causes that person to feel uncomfortable, frightened or intimidated is considered sexual assault. Sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, sodomy, lascivious acts, indecent contact, and indecent exposure all are examples of sexual assault charges.