Rape is sexual intercourse that is forced on another without the person’s consent or against the person’s will. This act is criminalized throughout the United States, but the legal term for it varies from state to state.
Sexual assault perpetrated by an acquaintance, such as a date, is still rape. A relationship between the victim and defendant doesn't negate the crime. But issues of proof can make these cases hard to prove.
In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court declared sodomy laws unconstitutional. Historically, sodomy (usually defined as oral and anal sex) was a crime in many states, even when the acts were performed in private, between two consenting adults.
If you are convicted of a crime, including a sex crime, you may want to appeal the verdict. During the appeals process, the convicted person asks an appellate court to review and overturn the judge or jury’s decision or sentence.
In recent years, the federal government enacted laws that created a nationwide sex offender database and required every state to meet new, more stringent registration standards under their own sex offender laws.
Sex offender registration is one of the post-sentence penalties that states impose on people convicted of certain sexual offenses. Twenty states (and the federal government) also have “sexual predator” laws.
In most states, the laws that criminalize public sex make it a misdemeanor. Some state laws explicitly criminalize public sexual activity. Other laws are broader and cover a variety of indecent or lewd conduct.
Rape, sexual assault, and sexual battery are often used interchangeably in the law and by laypersons. What sexual assault means in one state might not be the same in another state. Learn how to distinguish these crimes.
It is possible to commit the crime of rape against someone with whom you have previously had consensual sex. It is even possible for a sexual encounter to begin as consensual and become an act of rape. When Does Consensual Sex Become Rape? The crime of rape consists of committing a sexual act (usually
It is possible to be charged with sexual battery if you touched someone in an intimate part of the person’s body, even if it was a mistake. However, being charged with a crime does not mean you will be convicted, and mistake is a defense that is available to a defendant facing almost any type of criminal charge.
Sexual Battery in Florida refers to sex crimes not typically covered by rape statutes, such as unlawful sexual contact. Sexual battery is often characterized as sexual touching or penetration without consent...
Depending on the state, solicitation of prostitution can mean either when a prostitute advertises their availability to perform sexual acts for compensation or when a potential patron offers to pay for sex, or both
Under most states and counties in the United States prostitution is illegal and punishable as a misdemeanor in most cases. Prostitution is defined as the act of offering, agreeing to or engaging in sexual acts or sexual contact for compensation.
Law enforcement agencies often use -- and courts usually allow -- “sting” operations, where officers go undercover to catch people involved in the sex trade. Sting operations are a practical response to the way prostitution is carried out.
Prostitution is illegal in 49 of the 50 states, Nevada being the sole exception. Those who oppose the criminalization of prostitution typically advocate one of two approaches: legalization (which involves regulation) or decriminalization (no regulation).