|1.||[ noun ] (law,criminal law) a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat|
|Synonyms:||sex_offense sexual_abuse sex_crime|
"most states have replaced the common law definition of rape with statutes defining sexual assault"
|Related terms:||statutory_offense rape molestation law|
|2.||[ noun ] (law,criminal law,sexuality) the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will|
|Synonyms:||violation assault ravishment sexual_abuse rape|
|Related terms:||crime sex_crime date_rape statutory_rape rape|