Teen Sexual Assault: Information for Parents

Teen sexual assault is any sexual contact that a teen does not freely agree to (“consent”). Agreeing under
emotional or physical pressure (“coercion”) is not consenting. We use the term “sexual assault” when the
person who committed the assault—the perpetrator—is someone outside the family, and the term “sexual
abuse” when the perpetrator is a family member. Sexual assault does not always include intercourse. Sexual
assault includes any contact with private body parts (e.g., breasts, genitals, buttocks) that is unwanted, not
agreed on, or forced on someone.

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