What is the Law

The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 states that rape occurs when a person intentionally or recklessly penetrates another person’s vagina, anus or mouth with their penis, where the victim does not consent and the person responsible has no reasonable belief that the victim is giving consent.

In circumstances where penetration is initially consented to but consent is later withdrawn, the person responsible will have committed rape.

The victim can be male or female.