Question: Is sexual assault the same thing as rape in Wisconsin?

Answer: The term “rape” is no longer used in legal proceedings. Sexual assault can actually mean many different things. It would certainly include a violent or forceful encounter that would previously have been termed a rape. It would include taking advantage in some way of an unconscious victim, or other activities. Sexual assault is now much broader and includes many other actions, including even—as we discussed with sexual contact—the intentional touching of a clothed body part if that is for the purposes stated. So, sexual assault is much broader than I think what would have previously been called rape, but it would have included that as a definition.

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