A woman may withdraw her consent from the sexual contact at any time. Any continued, non-consensual sexual contact constitutes the crime of sexual assault.
Sexual assault can be accomplished by the use of force, by the threat of force, by coercion, or by fraud (e.g. posing as a medical doctor). It is important to note that a victim is not required to fight or resist his or her attacker. Under the laws of most jurisdictions, a conviction for sexual assault can be secured if there is sufficient evidence that sexual contact occurred and that the contact was non-consensual.
A common misconception concerning sexual assault is that there must be proof of penile-vaginal penetration. To the contrary, perpetrators of sexual assault often use foreign objects in the commission of this crime. These foreign objects commonly include firearms, tools, and bottles.
Thus, many jurisdictions criminalize any non-consensual sexual contact, including one or more of the following types of conduct:
- Contact, touching or penetration of a victim's vulva or vagina by a penis, finger, mouth, or foreign object
- Contact, touching or penetration of a victim's anus by a penis, finger, mouth, or foreign object
- Oral contact with a victim's vulva, vagina, or anus
- Contact or touching of a victim's breast by a finger, hand, mouth, or foreign object