The Thin Line Between Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault
A lot of men need education on this topic of sexual discipline because it is a blurred line between sexual abuse, sexual assault and harmless advances.
There have been many cases of wrong accusation with many young men with promising careers being destroyed because of it.
One of the drivers of the #NoMore campaign, Ireti Bakare, tried to explain the difference during a breakfast programme on TV Continental on Wednesday.
“Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse are different.
“Somebody making advances at you is totally different and what we must understand is lots of people don’t know where the line is drawn because it’s a very thin line.
“A man approaches me (politely I would like to think), and says ‘you’re a beautiful woman, would you like to have dinner with me?’ I don’t feel threatened.
“But the minute you are approaching a woman and she feels fear, its assault,” she said.
Experts define sexual abuse as undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another, often perpetrated using force or by taking advantage of another.
However, it is called sexual assault when force is immediate, of short duration, or infrequent.
But by Ireti’s explanation, the feeling of assault is about how the other party feels, and everyone should be careful and pay attention to that.
She added, “If she says no, you are not allowed to translate it as a yes.”
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