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If Your Neighbor Poses as Your Husband, Is it Rape?

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If Your Neighbor Poses as Your Husband, Is it Rape?

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If Your Neighbor Poses as Your Husband, Is it Rape?

If Your Neighbor Poses as Your Husband, Is it Rape?

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Massachusetts is the latest state to consider putting a new crime on the books: rape by fraud. Currently, a sex act only qualifies as rape if physical force is used. We talk to a woman who was tricked into having sex with her boyfriend's brother — who pretended to be her boyfriend — and unable to convict him of rape because of this limited definition.

Under the new law, such forms of deception would be a crime. Some say the law goes too far, however, and could criminalize lies like, "Really, I'm divorced!"