Sexual assault is all about gaining power, control and domination by one person over another person. In the Northern Territory, Sexual Assault is defined as sexual intercourse without consent. While the legislation is clear as to how Sexual Assault can be defined by Police, Lawyers and Courts of Law, at Ruby Gaea, we also consider unwanted touching and unwanted attention to be Sexual Assault. Sexual Assault is not part of a normal, healthy relationship and is not about showing someone you love them or want to be close to them by using force or ignoring non-consent. Sexual Assault is NOT just a woman's issue, it affects everyone.
Sexual assault may exist in your home, it certainly exists in your street, your schools and your community. Sexual assault is a community problem and is any behaviour of a sexual nature that makes someone feel uncomfortable, frightened or threatened.
Sexual assault is sexual behaviour that someone has not agreed to, where another person uses physical or emotional force against them. Sexual assault can take many forms including sexual harassment, inappropriate touch, attempted sexual assault, child sexual assault, exposure to inappropriate sexual content, forced touch or viewing of another individual in a sexualized manner and rape.
All forms of sexual assault are serious and can have long term effects.