Sex crimes refer to illegal criminal behavior that is related to sex. There are a wide variety of sex crimes, such as forcible sodomy, and many of these crimes are very common.
People who are accused of committing a sex crime can face criminal prosecution. If found guilty, the person can also face punitive consequences. The severity of the sentence corresponds to the severity of the sex crime.
Below are five common types of sex crimes:
1. Indecent Exposure
Indecent exposure is the crime of publicly displaying one’s genitals. This crime is often committed by people who are seeking sexual gratification or who are deliberately trying to offend other people. Whatever the motive may be, indecent exposure is illegal. Punishment for a first indecent exposure offense is typically only a short prison sentence and a fine. In some states, being convicted of indecent exposure can result in being classified as a sex offender.
In most cases, public urination does not count as indecent exposure because public urination typically does not involve the desire for sexual gratification or deliberate offense to others.
Prostitution is the crime of selling sex for financial compensation. In most places in the United States, prostitution is illegal. However, it is legal in certain parts of Nevada. Typically, a first prostitution conviction is classified as a misdemeanor. However, sentencing becomes more severe the more times a person is found guilty of it. It is also illegal to hire a prostitute and manage them as a "pimp."There is a distinct negative stigma associated with being found guilty of prostitution.
3. Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is the crime of touching, groping or otherwise making sexual contact with a person who has not given consent, or who does not want to be touched. These crimes typically occur through force or coercion, or when the victim is incapacitated.
For example, if the victim is heavily under the influence of drugs, then they cannot provide adequate consent. Sexual assault is considered a felony in many states. However, the exact criteria for sexual assault, and the accompanying punishment, can vary widely from state to state.
Rape is the crime of having sexual intercourse with a person without their consent. Like sexual assault, rape is often committed under the circumstances of force, coercion or incapacitated victim. In order for a sexual crime to be classified as rape, and not sexual assault, some form of sexual penetration typically has to occur. So, for example, groping would not qualify as rape.
Rape is the most serious sex crime in the United States, and it can carry the most severe sentences. In fact, the sentences for first-degree rape can range from five to 25 years in prison. The sentences for second- and third-degree rape are usually less severe. Rape is typically classified as a felony, and is taken very seriously by the legal system. Rape laws do not just cover male-on-female rape; they also include male-on-male, female-on-female, and female-on-male rape.
5. Statutory Rape
Statutory rape is the crime of having sex with someone who is too young to consent to sex. The legal age of consent varies from state to state. However, it usually ranges from 16 to 18 years. Unlike regular rape, a person can still be found guilty of statutory rape even if the victim provided consent. This is because the victim is deemed too young to provide consent.
Statutory rape can be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony; it depends on several circumstances, such as the age of the victim. For example, if the victim is 11 years old, the sentencing can be more severe than if the victim is 17.
Conclusion: The nature and severity of sex crimes can vary widely. However, no matter which sex crime a person commits, it can have a very strong negative impact on their reputation and consequently employment, relationships, where they live, etc. This is especially true if the conviction results in the person being registered as a sex offender. If you are accused of a sex crime, you'll need a defense attorney immediately.
Victims of sex crimes also suffer immensely. This suffering can continue on a psychological level for years after the crime occurs. If you are a victim of a sex crime, then you are urged to seek justice through the legal system.