Sex Crimes in Maryland

The term “sex crimes” is an all incorporating, nonlegal term which is used to refer to crimes such as sexual assaults, rapes, along with all the other forms of sexual abuse. A number of these sex crimes have been described below. Please do note however that the lawful definition of sex crimes can differ from state to state. There are sometimes other sex crimes and different forms of sexual violence which occur jointly with sex crimes such as sexual assault. These have been described in this blog as well.

1.    Sexual Assault

Sexual assault might take numerous different forms and can be defined in various different ways. The term “sexual assault” actually refers to the unlawful sexual contact or irrational sexual behavior which takes place without the explicit verbal consent of the victim. Following are some common types of sexual assaults:

  1. Attempted rape
  2. Fondling and/or unsolicited sexual touching
  3. Coercing the victim to execute sexual acts, for example, oral sex and/or penetrating the offender’s body
  4. Penetration forcefully in the victim’s body, also termed commonly as rape

2.    Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse is a type of child abuse which comprises of engaging in sexual activities with a minor. A minor in no way can consent to any type of sexual activity. When the defendant engages in a sexual act with a minor, the commit a crime which will leave a long-lasting impact on the victim. It is not necessary that these acts include physical contact between the defendant and the victim. Various forms of child abuse comprise of the following:

  1. Exhibitionism, or exposing oneself to a minor
  2. Fondling
  3. Intercourse
  4. Masturbation in the presence of a minor or forcing the minor to masturbate
  5. Obscene phone calls, text messages, or digital interaction
  6. Producing, owning, or sharing pornographic images or movies of children
  7. Sex of any kind with a minor, including vaginal, oral, or anal
  8. Sex trafficking
  9. Any other sexual conduct that is harmful to a child’s mental, emotional, or physical welfare

3.    Intimate Partner Sexual Violence

An offender can have any relationship with the victim, and this comprises of the role of the intimate partner as well. There are numerous different terms which could be used in order to refer to the sexual assault which has been committed by the person or the defendant who is in an intimate relationship with the victim, this comprises of: “intimate partner sexual violence, domestic violence, intimate partner rape, marital rape, and spousal rape.” It does not really matter what the term used is or what relationship the perpetrator has with the victim, it is never okay when one engages in sexual acts without the consent of their partner.