What constitutes sexual assault?
Sexual assault is the act of one person intentionally touching another person in a sexual nature, without the other person’s consent.
This can be stroking, kissing, grabbing, or any kind of intentional sexual contact that is not welcomed.
In section 74 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, consent is defined as:
“A person consents if they agree by choice, and have the freedom and capacity to make that choice” I’ve been falsely accused of sexual assault - what do I do? Being accused of a crime you did not commit can be a devastating and frightening experience for you and those close to you.
Even though you did not commit the crime, being accused of sexual assault is a serious matter, so do not be tempted to just bury your head in the sand and wait for it to blow over. Here are a few things you should do if you are falsely accused of sexual assault:
- If you are falsely accused of sexual assault, it is important to get a defence attorney as soon as possible.
- Write down every relevant detail about your case. For example, how you know / met the accuser, where you were at the time the assault was supposed to have happened, why you think you are being accused of this crime.
- Make a list of possible witnesses who can vouch for you.
- Keep hold of any text messages, voicemails, emails or any other type of correspondence between you and the accuser that could prove that, if any sexual contact did occur, it was consensual.