Violations of the Body and Public Convention
Sex crimes can involve any act that is both criminal and sexual in nature. The classification of sex crimes primarily focuses on who the victim of the crime is. In general, sex crimes can be divided into crimes against adults, children, nature, and children.
Crimes Against Adults
Sexual crimes against adults are mostly concentrated under the umbrella of nonconsensual sexual activity between adults. Most of the time, adult sex crimes include sexual assault or marital assault. Any non-consensual sexual act can be classified as sexual assault, whether or not there is penetration, and whether or not there was consent for another sexual act.
Crimes Against Children
Sex crimes against children feature the same types of crimes as those against adults with some additions. In addition to normal sexual assault charges, there is also the crime of statutory rape which occurs any time an adult has sexual relations with a child under the age of majority. Additionally, pornographic content featuring children is patently illegal in most states under anti-child pornography statutes.
Crimes Against Nature
Crimes against nature are not universally identical across all of the states. The two most common crimes against nature include bestiality and incest. Bestiality is the sexual assault of animals and is illegal in every state except Hawaii, New Mexico, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Incest is sexual activity between two people who are blood-relatives. Incest is illegal in all states except for New Jersey and Rhode Island.
Crimes Against Society
Crimes against society are broader than other types of sex crimes. Instead of a singular victim, these crimes are seen as disruptive to the order of society. Societal sex crimes can include public indecency, prostitution, and other public sexual acts.
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