Sexual Assault and Abuse

By: Mariah Helms

What is the difference between Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse?

Sexual Assault is any activity of sexual nature that happens without consent, whereas Sexual Abuse is when an adult or older child forces, tricks, threatens, or bribes a child into sexual activity.
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There are several types of rape, including Date Rape and Statutory Rape. Rape is forced sexual intercourse without consent of the victim. Date Rape is Rape from someone the victim knows, usually after they have been given a date rape drug that causes them to not think clearly. Statutory Rape is any sexual act with a person 13, 14, or 15 years old when you are 4 or more years older, consent or no consent.

Rape can happen to anyone, anywhere, and any gender! A husband can even rape his wife, or vice versa.

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There are so many different ways to go to prison, or get fined by sexual harassing, abusing, or assaulting someone. In North Carolina, the classifications are:

  • First/Second degree rape
  • First/Second degree sexual offense
  • Sexual Battery
  • Statutory Rape
  • First/Second degree rape with a minor (person 13, 14, or 15, when perpetrator is 4 or more years older)
  • First/Second degree sexual offense with a minor

With minors, even if both of you consent to sexual acts, the oldest one can still be charged!