What many people have in mind of when they hear the term rape is an assault committed by means of physical force. In truth, rape is any non-consensual sexual activity, including those accomplished by guile. Any form of sexual conduct forced on a person against their will through means of violence, menace, duress, fear of injury or other danger is rape under California law.
Specifically, California Penal Code Section 261 PC defines rape as a criminal offense that involves non consensual sexual intercourse by means of threats, force or fraud. It is one of a number of statutes that pertain to sex crimes, all of which are taken very seriously in a court of law.