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Rape

Rape:

when a person compels an individual to have sexual intercourse against his/her will. Rape can occur male on male, female on male, male on female, or female on female.

  • In Virginia, the legal definition of rape is sexual intercourse against a person’s will by force, threat, or intimidation, or through the use of the victim’s mental incapacity or physical helplessness.
  • Mental Incapacitation: The victim does not have the cognitive ability to understand the situation and therefore cannot provide consent.