chapter  12
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Sexual Aggression and Rape

According to the law in many countries, rape occurs when the male penetrates the female in intercourse against her will. However, if he forces her to fellate him or perform anal intercourse, he only faces a lesser charge of indecent assault. In Denver in 1975, about half of the sexual aggression cases forced anal intercourse and fellatio" which illustrates the misdirection of the law at this point. In fact, many rape charges are reduced to indecent assault because it is so difficult to prove by the legal definition that rape has occurred 14. The important fact of rape is not that the individual has had intercourse or fellatio but that he has forced this body contact on an unwilling victim.