What is the difference between 'RAPE' and 'SEXUAL ABUSE'?

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I know it kinda sounds dumb but can you not class rape as sexual abuse?
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Rape = sex without consent
Sexual abuse = any sort of sexual contact without consent
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I'm definitely no expert but from my understanding I think rape can count as sexual assault, where as sexual abuse, is when someone in a position of power (teacher - student, doctor - patient, adult - child etc.) uses their position of trust and respect to involve someone in a weaker position, in sexual activity.
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(Original post by The Radiographer)
Rape = sex without consent
Sexual abuse = any sort of sexual contact without consent
(Original post by ed98)
I'm definitely no expert but from my understanding I think rape can count as sexual assault, where as sexual abuse, is when someone in a position of power (teacher - student, doctor - patient, adult - child etc.) uses their position of trust and respect to involve someone in a weaker position, in sexual activity.
So for instance someone was having sex without consent with a child over a few years(completely hypothetical), would the child say I was raped or sexually abused?
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Rape is the entering of a penis into a vagina without consent. To be honest, I hate how the law words this as it means a woman cannot rape a man, and homosexual acts are not covered under rape in law.
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(Original post by bloopbleep)
So for instance someone was having sex without consent with a child over a few years(completely hypothetical), would the child say I was raped or sexually abused?
Both.

You would generally use the term "sexually abused" when any sexual contact is enforced on a person against their will e.g feeling them up or fingering them, or forcefully having them perform oral. But you can use both terms in your case that you have described.
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They're not an either/or.

Sexual abuse happens more than once and can involve any sexual act incl. watching sexual acts/porn - we usually talk about children when we talk about sexual abuse because they're the most common and easiest victims but can also happen in relationships and to anyone who is 'vulnerable' to it (which can be anything from homelessness, mental health, disability, etc).

Rape is forced sex. By law penetration with penis of vagina. But it's sex not just touching/other sexual acts. Rape only describes a single event, although a person could be raped more than once by the same person (in which case they are sexually abused).

Sexual assault is also a single event and describes any other sexual act outside sex which is done without consent.
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