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A brief introduction to rape as an offence

04 August 2021

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Rape is one of the most serious crimes that gets committed, not just in the UK, but across the world. It is the crime that also gets most talked about and is given exposure on social media and the news. A sexual offence solicitor will be able to explain to you that the legal definition of rape is the unlawful penetration of the vagina, anus or mouth with a penis where the victim has not given consent. An important point to note is that most of the time the criminal committing rape will know their victims. It is usually a family member, work colleague or friend, someone who is close to the victim who targets and attacks them. If you or someone you know is a victim of rape then contact ABV Solicitors where our expert and friendly lawyers will be able to assist you, help fight your case and ensure that you get the justice you deserve.

What is the difference between rape and sexual assault?

Often people get confused between rape and sexual assault. A sexual offence solicitor will be able to explain that the difference between rape and sexual assault is that in sexual assault the penetration of the vagina, anus or mouth is not with the penis, but with any other part of the body or an object and the victim has not given consent. This is a relatively new concept that has been introduced, due to the fact that not all sexual offences come under rape and previously criminals were being set free due to the fact that their actions did not fall under the strict definitions.

What is the penalty for committing rape?

If an individual is found guilty of rape they will be imprisoned. Your sexual offence solicitor will tell you that rape is an offence that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. It is therefore treated very seriously and those committing rape will end up losing their livelihood and freedom.

The impact of rape on the victim

Often the focus is on the criminal who commits rape and not much thought is given to the victim’s wellbeing, however there are now authorities and organisations available nationwide that are there to provide support to rape and sexual assault victims. Sometimes rape and sexual assault do not leave physical marks on the victim, however it does have a mental and psychological impact which can remain for a lifetime. It leads to rape and sexual assault victims becoming constantly afraid and distant from society, which can lead to depression and other mental health problems. It can also impact on the victim’s ability to work and therefore their livelihood suffers as a consequence. If you or someone you know is a rape victim do not feel afraid to seek help and assistance, as there are a number of organisations that will be able to provide you with support and guide you through the traumatic process. It is also essential that you keep your loved ones and close family and friends around you, as they are able to provide emotional support that you will need at this stressful period.

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