Rape is defined as a form of nonconsensual sexual contact in which the bodily integrity of the victim is violated vaginally, orally, or anally, using either the body of the perpetrator or an object. Both males and females may be victims of rape.

Mistaken Notions about Rape

Although rape has been defined as a crime throughout American history, its definition has evolved as the social understanding of the issue has developed, especially in light of the work of feminist activists and scholars in the late 20th century. Traditionally, rape was ...

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