The current controversy over Rep. Akin's comments about "legitimate rape" and his later use of the phrase "forcible rape" sent me to search for another term, aggravated rape. Criminal codes often provide for this more serious charge being made when the rapist causes additional bodily harm or in cases of gang rape. But rape is rape whether the rapist is brutal or gentle, whether the rapist is a stranger or a friend or her husband. Rape is rape because she didn't consent or was too young to consent or not able to consent. Rape is always violent, a violation of another person, always forcible, and never legitimate.