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January 9, 2024

What is the legal definition of sexual assault in Nevada?

Sexual assault is when someone forces sexual penetration upon you or forces you to sexually penetrate him/her, another person, or an animal.  You must be unwilling to do the sexual act or the abuser must know that you are mentally or physically incapable of resisting or understanding what you are doing.1

Sexual penetration includes sexual intercourse in its ordinary meaning.  It can also include oral sex, and any insertion of any part of a person’s body or any object into the genital or anal openings of another person’s body, except for something done for medical purposes.2

Note: If you are married to the abuser at the time of the sexual assault, it is still a sexual assault if it was committed by force or by the threat of force.3  See our Marital/Partner Rape page for general information and ways to get help.

1 N.R.S. § 200.366(1)
2 N.R.S. § 200.364(9)
3 N.R.S. § 200.373