Criminal Law:


The crime of rape, called "first-degree sexual assault" in some states, typically refers to non-consensual sexual intercourse that is committed by means of physical force, threat of injury, or other duress.  A lack of consent can include the victim's inability to say "no" to intercourse, due to the effects of drugs or alcohol.  Rape can occur when the offender and victim have a pre-existing relationship, sometimes called "date rape," or even when the offender is the victim's spouse.  Under a variation known as "statutory rape," many states make it unlawful for an adult to engage in sexual intercourse with a person who has not reached the age of consent (usually 18 years of age).