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Webster's New World Dictionary defines rape as "the crime of having sexual intercourse with a person forcibly and without consent". Rape is a problem in modern society because it remains a commonly practiced crime. Despite the severe consequences and the fact that it is morally and ethically wrong, the number of cases are growing.

It is assumed that rape has been around since the beginning of time. The only thing that has changed is how society views the crime. For instance, in ancient times the laws of society were written and enforced only by men. This led to unfair laws that did little discourage men from raping women.

Being raped is a traumatic experience for the victim. Psychological damage on the victim
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In his essay "History: From Rape to Sexual Assault", Joseph Weinberg asks "Does the absence of 'No' = 'Yes'?" This is a complicated question because many people would answer this question differently. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger contains an event in which the main character, Holden Caulfield, struggles with this question. Holden is relating a story about a girl he was going to "make it" with and how she is not clear about her intentions or limits. He is kissing and touching her all over and she keeps saying "yes baby…oh no baby", leaving Holden unclear about whether she wants to have sex or not. She does not assertively say no, and she continues to urge him on even while she says no. Holden hypothesizes that she really wants to have sex and is only saying no because the blame would be on him if any harm were to come of the situation. He eventually stops his advances, stating, "By the time I got her goddamn brassiere off, she was ready to spit in my face".

Legally, no means no…even if the victim says yes after saying no. Still, there are many circumstantial gray areas. Some victims never say no or resist the rapist simply out of fear. In his essay, Jack M., a one-time rapist, rationalized his rape to himself by reassuring himself that his victim had never said no.

"I began to touch her more aggressively, squeezing her breasts and rubbing the inside of

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