For this week’s assignment, you will write a 300-word minimum essay about rape law. Be sure to address all prompts and cite your sources in APA format. This is worth 100 points, so be thorough and give your best effort.
Common law focused on resistance in the crime of rapes but current rape law has shifted the emphasis from the resistance of victims to lack of consent. The traditional emphasis on physical violence (or threats thereof) to satisfy the element of force in the actus reus of rape is shifting in modern rape law to the sufficiency of nonconsent to unwanted sexual activity.
Please address the following in your essay:
- Did the common law approach to rape and its prosecution reflect the reality of a male-dominated society where women are considered property and untrustworthy?
- Do today’s sexual assault laws better reflect the interests and growing power of women in society?