October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I wanted to remind our readers that sexual assault is a form of domestic violence. One of the myths about sexual assault is that being married or in a relationship means all forms of sexual contact are automatically consensual in any situation. This is absolutely not true. Even if you are in a relationship with someone, you always have the right to refuse to engage in sexual activity. If your partner disregards your refusal against sexual contact, he or she is committing a criminal act where sex is used as a weapon. When a partner forces his or her significant other to perform a sexual act, it is not only sexual assault, it is also domestic violence. It is important to know that when sexual contact is not mutual, when your choice to engage sexually is taken away, it is always considered sexual assault, regardless of your relationship to the assailant. In fact, most convicted rapists are married or have available sex partners. RCASA is available for support through our 24-hour hotline if you suspect that you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault. Further information is available on our website at http://www.rcasa.org.