Sexual Assault

The Northwestern District Attorney's Office is committed to addressing and combatting sexual assault.

A devestating crime with far-reaching consequences, sexual assault takes many forms including attacks such as rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats. Assailants can be strangers, acquaintances, friends, or family members. Assailants commit sexual assault by way of violence, threats, coercion, manipulation, pressure or tricks.

Usually a sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person's body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person's consent. Some types of sexual acts which fall under the category of sexual assault include forced sexual intercourse (rape), sodomy (oral or anal sexual acts), child molestation, incest, fondling and attempted rape.

Please see the links on right for information about help, advocacy and shelters. In an emergency, always contact police by dialing 911.