Sexual assault

Most sexual assaults take place indoors by a person the woman knows. Sexual violence is a hidden form of abuse in close relationships and can be particularly difficult to talk about. Many women feel guilt and shame.

It can sometimes be difficult for the woman to define what has happened to her if the perpetrator is someone she knows. She might have been sexually assaulted by her partner or a friend.

Participation in any sexual act must be consensual and any sexual act which is not constitutes a crime according to Swedish law. It is the responsibility of the perpetrator to establish whether an act is engaged in voluntarily. Passivity cannot be considered a sign of volontary participation.