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  1. Joan McGregor

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee349

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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McGregor, J. 2013. Rape. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


Although rape is universally deemed a grievous sexual wrong, there are disagreements about its meaning, occasional uncertainly about determining if a rape has occurred, confusions about why it is so wrong, and debates about its relation with broader issues of social justice.


  • autonomy;
  • crime;
  • crimes against humanity;
  • equality;
  • ethics;
  • feminism;
  • feminist philosophy;
  • law;
  • legal and political;
  • practical (applied) ethics