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Tennessee Laws on Rape

Disclaimer: These are not all rules and regulations. If you are in a situation where these laws are needed to seek legal assistance, we recommend seeking out a lawyer to receive help specific to your situation.

Aggravated rape is defined as sexual penetration when:

  • Any type of force or coercion involved

  • The aggravator has some type of weapon

  • The offender causes bodily harm to the victim

  • The victim is unable to consent

  • Considered a Class A Felony

Rape is defined as sexual penetration when:

  • Any type of force or coercion involved

  • Non-consensual sex or sex gained via fraud

  • Considered a Class B Felony (8-30 years of imprisonment, maximum fine of 25k, and or community supervision for life)

Sexual battery is defined as sexual contact and occurs when:

  • Any type of force or coercion involved

  • Occurs non-consensually or with a victim that cannot give consent

  • Considered a Class E Felony (1-6 years imprisonment, maximum fine of 3k)

https://www.rainn.org/laws-your-state-tennessee






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