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Rape

Rape generally means non-consensual, forced sexual intercourse. Force can refer to physical force, threat of physical harm or other duress. Some states refer to rape as first-degree sexual assault. A person who is unable to consent to intercourse, or say “no,” may be caused by drugs, alcohol or some other physical or mental impairment.

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Rape Charges

Rape is typically defined by three traits: penetration, force, and lack of consent. Most courts put more emphasis on the lack of consent than physical force.

All modern state laws define rape without reference to the gender of the offender or the victim.

The offender and victim may or may not know each other. If the offender and victim have a pre-existing relationship ‒ including married couples ‒ non-consensual sexual intercourse is considered date rape.

Statutory Rape

Statutory rape generally involves sexual contact or intercourse between an adult and a person who is under the age of consent. Age of consent varies from state to state, but statutory rape typically applies when one party is under 18. A local criminal defense attorney will be able to explain the statutory rape laws in your state.

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The above summary of rape is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on rape laws and penalties, speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area.


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