Sexual offenses, which appear in criminal records, are forms of a crime dealing with human sexual behavior, typically when one person violates the sexual rights of another. Sexual offense crimes are punishable based on their classification and vary from state-to-state.
Sexual Offenses and the Law
Sex crimes are violent and non-violent crimes that involve violating the sexual rights of another. Common sex crimes are listed below and are considered a crime when there is not mutual consent or if there is an underage person involved.
- 1. Rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse
- 2. Child sexual abuse
- 3. Statutory rape
- 4. Spousal rape
- 5. Human Sex Trafficking
- 6. Sexual Harassment
- 7. Incest
- 8. Sexual acts by people of trust (teachers, doctors, or police officers, for example) toward others under 18
- 9. Indecent exposure
- 10. Prostitution and/or pimping
- 11. Public urination
- 12. Streaking
Children and Sexual Offenses
Children are protected by a variety of laws, which aim to guard them against acts that include showing age-inappropriate material, and any acts that involve violating a child sexually or are overtly suggestive toward a child.
Sexual offenses are recorded at the county and state level (and/or federal, depending on the crime) and appear on criminal records. If the sexual offense involved a minor, the sexual offender may also be listed in sex offender databases.