The Sexual Offences Act 20032 defines rape and sexual assault in England and Wales. Under this legislation:

  • The age of consent is defined as 16
  • Intentional penetration of a child under the age of 13 is defined as rape
  • Rape is defined as non-consensual penetration of the vagina, mouth or anus by a penis
  • The non-consensual, intentional insertion of an object or part of the body other than the penis into the vagina or anus is defined as sexual assault by penetration.
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