Sexual assault is NOT sex

 
If you look up the definition of sex, you will find something like, “sexual activities, specifically intercourse.” For some reason, no one bothered to include consent in this definition. This huge omission demonstrates that our culture doesn’t grasp how fundamental consent is to sex. Sex must be consensual.  Sexual activity that is forced or without consent is different and we need to stop calling it sex. It is sexual assault.

By accurately defining sex, we can move towards treating sexual assault with the seriousness it deserves.

Despite what we often hear, sexual assault isn’t just “sex gone wrong” or “unwanted sex.”

It’s not sex at all.

Although both sexual assault and sex involve sexual acts, the similarities stop there. The difference is that with consensual sex, even if it’s bad sex or sex you later regret, there is a choice to participate. With sexual assault, this choice is taken away. Unlike sex, sexual assault is not about love or lust. It is an act of violence.