Rape in Columbus, Georgia

 

Georgia’s rape laws only apply to female victims and male perpetrators. It is illegal for a man to forcibly have intercourse with a woman against her will—this includes couples that are married. Rape can also occur when a woman is:

  • Unconscious
  • Asleep
  • Intoxicated
  • Unable to consent

Legal Definitions

Two key elements of a rape charge are intercourse and the use of force. Under the law, intercourse is even minor penetration of the female. The use of force includes physical harm, threats or intimidation.

Penalties

The punishment for rape can include a minimum prison sentence of 25 years, plus lifetime probation and mandatory sex offender registration. The death penalty may also be applied in some rape cases.