Why would someone sexually assault someone else?

Sexual assault does not happen because of uncontrollable desire. By making the issue about sex and not about violence, this crime seems more acceptable and less severe. This mentality leads us to blame the victim and not hold the rapist accountable for his or her actions.  Sexual assault is not simply a crime of passion where the perpetrator loses control. Sexual assault is about power and control. The perpetrator exerts his or her power over the victim in such a way to take away any control the victim has in the sexual situation.