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a question - June 30th 2009, 06:19 PM

I once read somewhere that any sexual abuse that involved penetration is classed as rape. Is this true? i know penetration rape usually involves the guy being inside the girl, but what about digital penetration with the fingers or objects is this regarded as a form of rape too or just sexual assault? i wuld be very grateful if anyone cleare this up for me, thanks x
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Re: a question - June 30th 2009, 11:44 PM


It can get confusing because each state has their own definitions around what's rape, what's sexual assault, etc. Here is a general definition, from RAINN (Rape, Incest & Abuse National Network), which gives a general definition, saying that forced sexual intercouse through penetration can be from a bodily part OR an object.

Does that help to clarify? I'd check out that link and look around RAINN's website as well. They have so many great resources. I hope you're doing okay--please take good care of yourself and PM me anytime you'd like to talk.


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Re: a question - July 2nd 2009, 10:49 AM

thanks for replying and thanks for the link you provided. I do think any penetration is classed as rape in america, but over here in the UK im not too sure.. maybe its just regarded as sexual assault.
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Re: a question - July 2nd 2009, 06:57 PM

Hey. I think that you are right Lauren. Only penetration with a penis is classed as rape in the UK.
Every thing else comes under...
-Sexual Assult
-Sexual Abuse
-Sexual Harrasment
-And Molesting (touching any where without consent)

I think that is right.
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Re: a question - July 2nd 2009, 09:19 PM

Hey there,

Like Jen said it can get confusing based on state the state. I took a class and the definition for rape was penetration with a penis but the teacher went on to explain that its all very complicated based on state.

You know, if you wanted you could probably call your local rape center and ask them or a crisis hotline and they would probably be able to give you a better idea. Although that link Jen gave you is probably pretty good too.

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