Rape, in law, the crime committed by an individual who forces another person to have sexual relations against that person's will. Traditionally the law defined rape as a crime committed by a male against a female; today, however, the law in most countries recognizes sexual attack by any person on any other person as rape. Most rapes are committed by an acquaintance of the victim. Statutory rape is having sexual relations with a person under the specified age of consent, whether or not consent is given.
While rape is one of the most frequently occurring crimes of violence, only a small percentage of rapes are reported because of the sexual nature of the offense. Relatively few accused rapists are convicted and imprisoned because of the difficulty in proving lack of consent.