Rape, also called sexual assault, is any kind of sexual activity committed against someone's will. Whether the rapist uses force or threats of force is irrelevant. Rape, as a legal term, is defined slightly differently in each state. Most state laws define rape in terms of penetration with the use of force and without the person's consent. Penetration can be with the penis, fingers, or instruments like bottles or sticks. It can be perpetrated in the vagina, anus, or mouth. The National Violence Against Women Survey reports that almost 18 percent of women said they have been the victim of a completed or attempted rape at some point in their life, and most women were raped by someone they knew rather than a stranger. Rape can happen to women at any age, but girls and young women are particularly at risk.
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