What is Sexual Assault and Consent?

  • Sexual Assault: Any sexual contact forced on another person through any means including, but not limited to, threats to harm them or another, intimidation, coercion, or lack of consent. If someone is pressured or intimidated into sexual contact, or is otherwise mentally or physically incapable of consent, the University of Michigan-Flint considers this sexual assault.
    • Sexual Contact:Behavior relating to sexual activities including, but not limited to, kissing and forced touching through clothing or direct contact. Sexual contact also includes sexual intercourse, defined as contact or any intrusion, however slight, by any part of a person's body or any object into the genital or anal opening of another.
    • Rape:A form of sexual assault. Rape is another word for penetration (oral, anal, or vaginal) that is forced on another person through threats to harm them or another, intimidation, coercion, or lack of consent.
  • Consent:Consent is when someone agrees, gives permission or says yes to sexual activity with someone else. It is always freely given and both people in a sexual situation must feel that s/he is able to say “yes” or “no” at any point during sexual activity. The age of consent in Michigan is 16. An individual who is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs cannot give consent.