Karen L. Dayton

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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.

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