Causes of Sexual Assault

Causes of Sexual Assault

Myths: “He just really wanted to have sex”

“He misread her signals”

“He got carried away”

Sexual assault is NOT a crime of passion, driven by a strong desire for sex; it is a violent crime driven by a desire for dominance.  Most perpetrators of sexual assault have access to consensual sex with someone other than the victim.

Furthermore, it is not a result of ‘mixed signals’.  Each and every sexual act requires active and willing consent for it not to be sexual assault, and two people have been kissing or flirting all night does not constitute consent.  Most people (including most men) do not have trouble interpreting their partner’s sexual signals.

Sexual assault happens because a perpetrator believes that they are entitled to have sex or sexual contact with another person without that person’s consent.