Deut. 22:28; "they are discovered"

Mark Wilson emory2002 at
Fri Aug 11 16:56:02 EDT 2000

If a man comes across a virgin who is not engaged and overpowers and rapes 
her and they are discovered,

This is my first post. Sorry for this being in English, but I know 
absolutely no Hebrew!

Could someone please give me the significant of this final clause?

What does "discovered" mean in this context? 

I get the impression the idea is that this guy must be actually caught in 
the act, or close enough where there are "witnesses" to the fact that the 
woman did indeed not consent (i.e., she was raped).

Am I close?

Finally, if there were no "witnesses" to an actual rape, what recourse did 
the victim have?

Thank you,

Mark Wilson

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