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What is rape?

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Rape is when sexual intercourse is non-consensual (not agreed upon), or a person forces another person to have sex against his or her will. It can happen when the victim is intoxicated from alcohol or drugs. Rape includes intercourse in the vagina, anus, or mouth.

It is a felony offense, which means it is among the most serious crimes a person can commit. Men as well as women and children can be raped.

From: Rape and Date Rape WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

GirlsHealth.gov: “What is rape and date rape?”

WomensHealth.gov: “Rape.”

U.S. Department of Justice.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: “Sexual Assault,” “Reporting to Law Enforcement,” “Laws in Your State,” “About the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 13, 2018

SOURCES:

GirlsHealth.gov: “What is rape and date rape?”

WomensHealth.gov: “Rape.”

U.S. Department of Justice.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: “Sexual Assault,” “Reporting to Law Enforcement,” “Laws in Your State,” “About the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 13, 2018

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