Rape Laws

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What Is Rape?

Historically, rape laws recognized only those crimes against women. However,under modern statutes, rape is unlawful sexual intercourse without a person's consent. Usually an act of force or threat negates the victim's consent. Some states require that evidence of resistance be shown. Rape is a felony.

Types of Rape

What Should You Do If You Were Raped?

Contact the authorities and get to a medical doctor immediately. Medical centers can preserve evidence that you were raped. If you suspect a date rape drug has been used, do the same. Traces of date rape drugs disappear quickly from the body.

What Can You Do If You Have Been Accused of Rape?

Rape is a serious charge with many complexities. A skilled criminal defense lawyer familiar with your state criminallaws can explain your options and help formulate possible defenses.

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Last Modified: 04-10-2014 02:33 PM PDT

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