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By: Gary W. Paquin

In: Intimate Betrayal: Understanding and Responding to the Trauma of Acquaintance Rape

Chapter 8: The Legal Aspects of Acquaintance Rape

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The Legal Aspects of Acquaintance Rape
The legal aspects of acquaintance rape

My friends warned me against going to court against the guy who raped me. My assailant's attorney attacking what I said made me feel like I was being raped again.

—An acquaintance rape survivor
Gary W.Paquin
The Crime of Rape

The complexity of acquaintance rape is nowhere more evident than in the judicial arena where attempts to prosecute the offender and execute justice for the victim depend on proving the absence of consent to sexual activity. Under common law, rape is considered an act of sexual intercourse by a man with a woman who is not his wife by force and against her will. In situations where the woman is not able to consent, intercourse in generally held ...

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