It takes strength and commitment  
to make a conscious decision to  
work through confused feelings  
that rape may have left you with,  
but we at NRC will try and help  
you through the effects of rape. 

The definition of rape was substantially changed by  
the Sexual Offences Act 2003, which came into force  
on 1 May 2004. 

The 2003 Act extends the definition of rape to include the penetration by a penis of the vagina, anus or mouth of another person. The 2003 Act also changes the law about consent and belief in consent. 
The word "consent" in the context of the offence of rape is now defined in the Sexual Offences Act 2003. 
A person consents if he or she agrees by choice, and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice. The essence of this definition is the agreement by choice. 
The law does not require the victim to have resisted physically in order to prove a lack of consent. 
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