Sexual Battery: [as defined by the State of Florida, other states utilize similar definitions] Sexual Assault is legally referred to as sexual battery and law enforcement will utilize this definition in determining whether to pursue criminal charges. Florida State Statute 794.011 defines sexual battery as: “Any oral, anal, vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object performed without consent and not for a bona fide medical purpose.”
Sexual Coercion: Sexual Coercion is the improper use of unreasonable and persistent pressure to compel another individual to initiate or continue sexual activity against an individual’s will. Coercion can include a wide range of behaviors, including intimidation, manipulation, threats and blackmail. Coercion may be emotional, intellectual, psychological or moral. A person’s words or conduct are sufficient to constitute coercion if they wrongfully impair another individual’s freedom of will and ability to choose whether or not to engage in sexual activity.
Force: Force is the use or threat of physical violence or intimidation to overcome an individual’s freedom of will to choose whether or not to participate in sexual activity.