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 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.