Sexual assault includes attempted as well as completed acts. Simply being placed in the position of fearing an assault, even if the act is not carried out for some reason constitutes a crime.
It is important to recognize that sexual assault is sexually related, not sexually motivated. There is a fine confusing line between these distinctions. Sexual assault is a violent act expressed through sexual activity, not sexual desire. Sexual assault is not lovemaking; it is an act of violence.
Rapists are not motivated by sexual desire; instead, they are motivated by the desire to control, degrade, and exert power over others. So rapists target those they believe they can intimidate, isolate, and overpower. Most of the time, survivors are people who rapists are acquainted with – maybe socially, professionally, intimately or even part of the same family.