Sexual Offenses – What They Are And Penalties Involved
As defined in the state of California, sexual offenses or sex crimes are considered to be acts which involve any illegal or coerced sexual activity. There are many kinds of offenses that fall under sexual offense and these are, rape and statutory rape, prostitution and solicitation, sexual battery and lewd acts, and also indecent exposure.
Statutory rape is basically a sex crime where there’s sexual intercourse but consent is given. Although there’s consent, statutory rape takes place between an underage individual and a person of legal age. With regard to rape, this is a sexual offense where sexual intercourse is forced upon another individual when there’s no consent given. Solicitation and prostitution cover for sexual favors granted by one individual to another in exchange for some benefit like monetary payment. Solicitation is when a person approaches someone to offer services of sexual nature in exchange for payment.
Sexual battery as well as lewd acts also falls under sexual offenses in the state of California. Lewd acts are defined as crude and offensive sexual acts where the most basic of moral principles are abandoned in exchange for sexual gratification, etc. Indecent exposure and prostitution aer included here. With regard to sexual battery, this consists of the inappropriate touching of a person without his or her consent or against his or her will. Oftentimes, sexual offenses like indecent exposure and statutory rape lack physical abuse and therefore, these crimes are considered lesser in severity. Penalties and monetary fines for such crimes are in turn less severe.
For crimes like rape and lewd acts with a minor, there are stiffer and harsher penalties imposed, although being convicted of a sex crime is a punishment in itself in that it has a very difficult to live with kind of social stigma. Sometimes being accused of sexual offenses can have serious effects on an individual’s way of life. It’s hard for people accused of sexual offenses to find a job or even a new place to live. Being found guilty of a sex crime requires a person to register as a sex offender. If your name is on this list, employers can be very wary about hiring you.
After all the punishments like heavy fines and jail time, one of the consequences of being a sexual offender is that the accused and convicted get many threats of violence and even involvement in revenge and vigilante types of crimes.