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to compel (another) to participate in or submit to a sexual act

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force (someone) to have sex against their will

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The ravishments, in other words, have been tamed of their fury, because within them--and without the actual world--even the most luminous rage becomes a doorless trap.
Finally, Denis Calabrese also served as spokesman for the Texas Energy Coalition Against Lawsuit Abuse, an industry effort to quash public claims against its ravishments; a Koch subsidiary is a member of that group.
For him 'ravishment' (ravissement) refers to the putatively inaugural moment in the drama of love, the love-at-first-sight often replayed or re-staged after the fact, 'during which the amorous subject is "ravished" (captured and enchanted) by the image of the loved object'.
Each time a subject 'falls' in love, he revives a fragment of the archaic time when men were supposed to carry off women (in order to ensure exogamy): every lover who falls in love at first sight has something of a Sabine Woman (or of course some other celebrated victim of ravishment).
Indeed, if ravishment is a dominant figure amongst his contemporaries, Herrick writes a number of poems that seem to interrogate it in a suggestively feminine (if not exactly effeminate) way.
The first stanza alludes to his masculine line of attack, the ambition of ravishment as possession which, as it were, engages in a dual action of veneration and subjugation.
The proposed ravishment suddenly dissolves and the poet is, as it were, feminized by the powers of the mistress such that he is ravished in his turn.
This poem, at one level, projects a ravishment but it also exposes it as a self-absorption: in other words, in recognizing that its claim to exercise powers which might contain the mistress are actually futile, and even comedic, the poem stages the simultaneous assertion and rescission that characterizes 'To the Rose'.