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What is rape?

What is rape?
The law defines rape as the non-consensual penetration of the vagina, anus or mouth by a penis.  Only a man can commit rape but the victim can be male or female.
When it comes to sexual contact between adults, consent is paramount.  Put simply, rape and other sexual assaults are sexual acts carried out without the consent of one of the people involved.

What is the difference between rape & assault by penetration?
Under this new law, it is an offence to penetrate the anus or vagina of someone else with any part of the body or with an object, if the penetration is sexual and if the person does not consent.  A male or female could be responsible for assault by penetration whereas rape requires penile penetration and can therefore only be committed by a male.

Sexual assault
This law covers any kind of intentional sexual touching of somebody else without their consent.  It includes touching any part of their body, clothed or unclothed, either with your body or with an object.