Rape and Incest

Sometimes the victims of rape or incest become pregnant from that criminal act. How are they protected by law? Do they have the option of abortion in all cases?

Rape is a serious and violent crime. Generally, it refers to sexual intercourse by a man against a woman without her consent, through force or the threat of force. However, rape can also be committed against another man and by a woman against a man. Statutory rape means a sexual act against a child or an adult who is not able to understand the meaning of sexual intercourse.

Contrary to oft-told tales, the rapist is not always a stranger hiding in a dark alley with a gun or in a deserted parking garage at midnight. Four out of ten assaults take place in the victim's own home; nearly two-thirds of all rapes are committed by someone the person knows; more than half occur within a mile of where the individual lives. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, nine out of every ten rape victims are female. Eighty percent of all victims are white. Eighty percent of victims


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