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Legally, what is the difference between rape and molestation?

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Dr. Shah Nawaz
Psychiatry 35 years experience
No consent : Rape is sex without consent vaginal or anal penetration .Molestation touching breast or genital without someone consent or permission that is simple explanation it does. Get complex

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between molestation and rape?

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Variously Defined: From http://womenslaw.Org "the term 'sexual assault' [what u refer 2as 'molestation, ' i believe] generally means unwanted sexual contact...Sexual contact against ur will, & without consent*. The legal definition varies by state, but sexual assault & domestic violence organizations consider any unwanted sexual activity 2 b sexual assault. This includes rape." [*if victim <18 yr this is irrelevant].
A 43-year-old member asked:

What's the official difference between molestation and rape?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Both are crimes: Rape is forcible sexual intercourse, often under threat of physical injury. Often the victim is unable to consent or resist. Like being under influence of date rape drugs or physically overpowered, etc. Molestation involves a sexual act (which could be rape, but doesn't have to be) with someone beneath the age of legal consent. Both rape and molestation are crimes, and are traumatizing.

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