Those who experience sexual coercion may know that what happened wasn’t right, however, they may be hesitant to call it sexual assault. Coercion often leaves people who have experienced sexual assault feeling like they consented and therefore, are somehow responsible for what happened.
But remember consent is voluntary – meaning that someone says yes to sexual activity because they want to. Those who experience sexual assault are never to blame. Those who choose to use sexually coercive or abusive behaviours to force others into unwanted sexual activity are responsible for their actions.