For its Uniform Crime Reports, the FBI defines rape as: “Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim."
Sexual Assault is a term used to describe many gendered and sexualized crimes, definitions that vary from state to state. Kansas crimes and their definitions can be found here.
Elements of consensual sexual activity include:
- Both partners are old enough to consent
- Both people have the capacity to consent; neither partner is incapacitated or unconscious
- Consent was freely given (without coercion or manipulation) and can be retracted at any point in time
- Consent is an on-going process
- Consent can be communicated verbally and non-verbally
- Consent cannot be inferred by previous consensual acts
- Consent cannot be inferred by the absence of a “no”
As a survivor of sexual assault and sexual violence, you have options and rights (pdf).