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    AmericanAnt, Roxine

    Forced oral copulation is considered sexual assault, not rape.

    If a child is the victim of rape or attempted rape, they are counted twice- once as a sexual assault victim, once as a child sexual abuse victim.

    If a child is not raped, they are counted as a child sexual abuse victim only.

    When I say that many sexual assaults are not considered child abuse even if under the age of 18, that's because most rapes are at the hands of peers-usually falling within the 5 year age difference that determines whether an act is sexual assault or child sexual abuse.

    Also there is an age cutoff (different in each state) that differentiates between child sexual abuse and sexual assault- so in some states, if a 17 year old is raped (assuming for the sake of argument by a much older person) that might be considered sexual assault but not child sexual abuse. In other states it may be classified as both.

    It is a lot of bean counting, but important to understand how they come up with those numbers, since so many people seem to doubt their validity.

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    by SwedishJewfish on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:52:24 PM PDT

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