Difference Between Rape And Sexual Assault

What is the difference between rape and sexual assault?

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  • Sector-1, Noida

In many states, criminal statutes no longer use the term "rape." The crime is now called sexual assault, sexual abuse or criminal sexual conduct. The crime normally thought of as rape — sexual intercourse or sexual penetration by force or against the victim's will — is prohibited by these laws and may be charged as first degree (or aggravated) criminal sexual conduct or sexual abuse. The laws forbid acts not just by men against women but by people of the same gender as the victim and by women against men. One spouse may be charged with sexually assaulting the other. Offenses such as unwanted touching, fondling or other indecent acts also may be included in the definition of sexual assault.

Answered on 28 Sep 2018


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