Same Sex Rape Lawyers

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What is Same Sex Rape?

While rape is traditionally thought of as a man forcing a woman to have sexual intercourse; rape among members of the same sex also exists.  Same sex rape among men occurs when a man forces another man to engage in sex acts such as sodomy or oral sex.  Same sex rape can also occur between women.  High rates of same sex rape have been reported among prisoners

Is Same Sex Rape a Crime?

Currently, less than half of the States criminalize same sex rape.  Most still define rape as being between members of the opposite sex. However, the modern trend is moving towards criminalizing all forms of rape, regardless of gender.  Additionally, many states that do not criminalize same sex rape under their rape statutes do criminalize homosexual behaviors, such as anal and oral sex between members of the same gender.  Further, all states consider the unwanted touching that accompanies same sex rape as a form of assault or sexual abuse.

What Should I do if I Have Been Raped by Someone of the Same Sex?

You should contact the police and get to a medical doctor immediately. Medical centers can preserve evidence that prove 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.  The police will be knowledgeable of your state's laws on rape and will be able to press the appropriate charges.  

What Should I do if I Have Been Charged With Raping Someone of the Same Sex?

Rape, same sex or otherwise, is a very serious charge with severe penalties.  You should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately.  Your attorney will be familiar with your state's rape laws and will help ensure that your rights are protected.

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Last Modified: 06-17-2013 12:29 PM PDT

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