Unwanted sexual activity simply means any sexual activity in which any party involved does not give full and free consent. A verbal "no," no matter how insecure or indecisive it may sound, constitutes a lack of consent. Acquaintance rape is unwanted sexual activity and is defined as follows: forced, manipulated or coerced intercourse by a friend or acquaintance.
Sexual assault is a felony crime in Rhode Island, and punishable by imprisonment of up to 15 years. State law defines sexual assault in three degrees:
First Degree Sexual Assault, also called rape, has two major components:
Second Degree Sexual Assault is non-consenting sexual contact with another person. This includes any forced or coerced contact with a person's genital area, inner thigh, buttocks or the breast of a female.
Third Degree Sexual Assault is sexual penetration by a person 18-years old or older of a person over 13 years of age, but under the age of consent, which is 16 years of age.
Copies of the Rhode Island Statutes are available in the following offices: Counseling, Health, Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, Public Safety, Student Life and the Women's Center.