Rape And Sexual Assault And Rape

955 Words Dec 16th, 2015 4 Pages
Rapes and sexual assaults have become issues more and more in our society. Society has become more aware of these types of crimes. For a long time, there was only rape, now it is less broad than just that. Individuals, government bodies and school have all decided to work together and individually on lessening the crime. Studies have revealed many shocking statistics that have pushed society to act against these crimes. Below, I will be explaining what exactly is rape and sexual assault, how they are alike and how they differ. Then I will go briefly into some statistics and challenges facing the fight against sexual assaults.
There is a reason why we are barely starting the combat against sexual assaults and rape. Victims in the past have been reluctant to report the crimes, reasons differing from person to person. Embarrassment, shame, guilt, knowledge of the rapist and fear may be just some of them. So, to start off, what is rape? Rape has evolved from just an unconsented sexual intercourse to something far more complex now. The common law definition of rape according to an article titled Rape is “unlawful intercourse by a man against a woman who is not his wife by force or threat and against her will”(findlaw.com). We have gone away from that simple definition as a society now that we realized rape isn’t just committed by males or just classified as intercourse. The FBI now defines rape as “The carnal knowledge of a person, without the consent of the victim, including…

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