I noun abuse, assault, constupration, defilement, defloration, depredation, despoliation, forcible violation, pillage, plunder, plunderage, rapere, rapine, ravage, ravishment, seduction, sexual assault, spoliation, stupration, violation associated concepts: criminal assault, statutory rape II index molest (subject to indecent advances)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

The crime of having sexual intercourse with someone without his or her consent and against his or her will; synonymous with sexual assault

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

in English criminal law, unlawful sexual intercourse with a woman who at the time of the intercourse does not consent to it and where, at the time, the man knows that the woman does not consent to the intercourse or he is reckless as to whether she consents to it. The word 'unlawful', which had been thought by many to mean 'outwith marriage', was held not to prevent a husband being held to be able to commit rape against his wife, and indeed the House of Lords held that the rule laid down for over 150 years that a man could not be guilty of raping his wife no longer applied: R v. R. [1991] 3 WLR 767.
In Scots criminal law, intercourse with a woman by force and against her will. The consent of the woman is a defence, and as a result of the difficult case of Meek v . HMA 1983 SLT 280, an erroneous belief that the woman was consenting need not be reasonable to exculpate although it must be an honest belief. In Scots law a husband can be guilty of raping his wife: S. v . HMA 1989 SLT 469.
The state of Victoria (Australia) in the Crimes (Sexual Offences Act 1990) expanded rape to include continued intercourse contrary to an instruction to desist. This reflected the law in New Zealand, which had been upheld by the Privy Council in Kaitamaki v . R [1984] 2 All ER 435.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

The crime of having sexual intercourse with another person without consent. Common law defined rape as unlawful intercourse by a man against a woman who is not his wife by force or threat and against her will. However, modernly, states have broadened the definition so that marriage, gender, and force are not relevant — lack of consent is the crucial element. Statutory rape occurs when the victim is under the legal age of consent even if the intercourse is consensual.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 n. In common law, the felony of a man having illegal sexual intercourse with a woman other than his wife, by force or with threat of violence and against her will; unlawful sexual act with an unwilling other, and usually involving threat of violence.
2 v. to commit the act of forcible sexual intercourse.
@ acquaintance rape
Rape committed by the victim's escort to a social event, also known as relationship rape or date rape.
@ date rape
Rape committed by the victim's escort to a social event, also known as acquaintance rape or relationship rape.
n. The rape of an individual with whom the perpetrator is acquainted, typically during a social engagement.
See also rape.
@ relationship rape
Rape committed by the victim's escort to a social event, also known as acquaintance rape or date rape.
@ statutory rape
Sexual intercourse with an individual who is a minor or under the age of consent (today, usually 18), by an adult. Neither consent of the minor, nor ignorance of the minor's age, can be used as a defense.
See also rape.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A criminal offense defined in most states as forcible sexual relations with a person against that person's will.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A criminal offense defined in most states as forcible sexual relations with a person against that person's will.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) n. the crime of sexual intercourse (with actual penetration of a woman's vagina with the man's penis) without consent and accomplished through force, threat of violence or intimidation (such as a threat to harm a woman's child, husband or boyfriend). What constitutes lack of consent usually includes saying "no" or being too drunk or drug-influenced for the woman to be able to either resist or consent, but a recent Pennsylvania case ruled that a woman must do more than say "no" on the bizarre theory that "no" does not always mean "don't," but a flirtatious come-on. "Date rape" involves rape by an acquaintance who refuses to stop when told to. Defense attorneys often argue that there had to be physical resistance, but the modern view is that fear of harm and the relative strengths of the man and the woman are obvious deterrents to a woman fighting back. Any sexual intercourse with a child is rape and in most states sexual relations even with consent involving a girl 14 to 18 (with some variation on ages in a few states) is "statutory rape," on the basis that the female is unable to give consent.
   2) v. to have sexual intercourse with a female without her consent through force, violence, threat or intimidation, or with a girl under age. Technically, a woman can be charged with rape by assisting a man in the rape of another woman. Dissatisfied with the typical prosecution of rape cases (in which the defense humiliates the accuser, and prosecutors are unable or unwilling to protect the woman from such tactics), women have been suing for civil damages for the physical and emotional damage caused by the rape, although too often the perpetrator has no funds. Protection services for rape victims have been developed by both public and private agencies. On the other side of the coin, there is the concern of law enforcement and prosecutors that women whose advances have been rejected by a man, or who have been caught in the act of consensual sexual intercourse may falsely cry "rape."
   See also: date rape, statutory rape

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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