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Sexual Crimes

Sexual Assault

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Sexual Crimes | 0 comments

In 1996, the United States Congress passed Megan’s Law as a response to the 1994 sexual crime committed against a seven-year-old girl, who was raped and killed by her neighbor. Megan’s Law is a federal mandate that requires law enforcement agencies to make public any relevant information about sex offenders visiting, living and working in their communities; information, which can include an offender’s photo, name, residential address, nature of crime and incarceration date, may be posted in free public websites or published in newspapers and pamphlets.

Sexual offenders, especially those whose victims are children, are also legally required to inform local law enforcement authorities regarding changes in their address or employment after their release from custody. This can be for 10 years or permanently. Most states consider failure to make this notification a felony offense.

There are many other federal laws in the U.S. which are direct responses to sex crimes committed against children; there are the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, and the Sexual Offender Act of 1994 (this is Megan’s Law is known at the federal level).

The most common sex-related crimes against children are statutory rape, which refers to an adult engaging in consensual sex with a minor or with someone who is under the age of consent, child molestation or indecency with a child, aggravated sexual assault, Internet sex crime, sexual assault of a child, solicitation, and possession and distribution of child pornography.

Many victims of sexual assault either do not immediately report the crime committed against them or never report being abused at all. Though it is a good thing that this nation’s justice system is resolute in catching and punishing sex offenders due to the very damaging effects of their crime, it cannot be denied that while many of those convicted are guilty, many are also accused and made to suffer despite being innocent of the crime they are accused of.

Facing sex crime charges requires only the best defense from a determined criminal defense lawyer. It is either a possible acquittal or a totally ruined present and future life due to a conviction.

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