Rape – this legal term finds usage in the sphere of Criminal Law in many legal systems. It details sex with a woman, other than a wife, without her consent. But many countries have changed this basic definition to include sex with a minor (with or without consent; also known as statutory rape). Or a sex with a man without his consent, or exempting men who force their wives to have sex. The word relates to the legal term “rape shield laws”. These are the Criminal Laws who pursue to avoid accusing the victim of sexual harassment for her dressing or attractive behavior. Some jurisdictions provide that if a victim has had prior relations with her assailant, such fact may be introduced as evidence on the issue of consent by the court.

See also “Statutory rape”

Rape / Legal Glossary

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