The Act changes the definition of the offense of rape. Originally, the Georgia statute defined rape as forcibly having carnal knowledge of a woman against her will. While retaining this traditional definition of rape for the adult female, the Act amends the definition with regard to a female under ten years of age to include merely having carnal knowledge of such a female. The Act also amends the penalty provision to allow a sentence of life imprisonment without parole; previously the Code section allowed only for death, life in prison, or imprisonment for ten to twenty years.
Dayton, Karen L.
"CRIMES AND OFFENSES Sexual Offenses: Change the Provisions Relating to the Offense of Rape; Change Penalty Provisions to Require Life In Prison Without Parole,"
Georgia State University Law Review:
1, Article 13.
Available at: http://readingroom.law.gsu.edu/gsulr/vol16/iss1/13