I have a 2-3 page assignment Sexual Assault (e.g., rape, acquaintance rape, sexual abuse, unwanted sexual contact) can be defined in many different ways, depending on the jurisdiction in which it occurs. However, generally speaking, sexual assault occurs when a sexual act is forced upon a person who did not or cannot give consent. Sexual assault often conjures intense feelings of guilt and shame among survivors. Making matters worse, survivors often know their attacker, which adds to the psychological devastation of sexual assault. In some, but not all, instances, attackers might be acquaintances, friends, or even significant others.