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Sarah Koon-Magnin

In: Sexual Victimization: Then and Now

Chapter 7: The Fine Line Between Statutory Rape and Consensual Relationships

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The Fine Line Between Statutory Rape and Consensual Relationships
The fine line between statutory rape and consensual relationships
SarahKoon-Magnin

Various forms and experiences of sexual assault and victimization are discussed in this volume, but they share a common theme: a lack of consent from the victim. When an assailant uses physical force, a weapon, a threat of force, or a threat of harm against the victim's loved ones, the law is clear that the sexual act was nonconsensual, engaged in against the victim's will, and is thus labeled “forcible.” When other tactics are used to overpower a victim and facilitate a sexual assault (e.g., the assailant has sex with an incapacitated or intoxicated victim, drugs the victim, or is verbally coercive), these sexual acts, even in the ...

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