Sex crimes have taken a major hike in the new millennium. According to a 2008 project supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Center for Effective Public Policy and the Center for Sex Offender Management, on a national basis, one in every five girls and one in every six boys were sexually abused before they reached adulthood.
However, with so many occurrences, there is still a significant lack of information on the different acts that can be justifiably stated as sex crimes.
While rape and other sex offenses such as sexual harassment are public knowledge, below are some offenses that can land people on the sexual offender registry.
Sexual Offenses that Can Result in Criminal Conviction
· Taking Naked Pictures of Yourself if you’re a Minor
Children under the age of 18 who take naked photographs of themselves for distribution can be charged with child pornography and be put on the sex offenders list. Also, children whose photos are sent to others in a different state can also be charged as a crime on a federal basis.
· Visiting a Prostitute
This case can result in different convictions according to the law in different states. For instance, although visiting a prostitute is only listed as registerable offence in New York, the situation is a lot different in other states. In Louisiana, prostitutes can be registered as sex offenders as well, along with those who are caught visiting them.
· Urinating in Public
According to the Human Rights Watch, there are at least 13 states that require the accused citizen to be registered as a sex offender for public urination. However, from those 13, two of the states specifically mention that urination has to occur in front of a minor in order for them to be convicted.
· Flashing Your Breasts
Flashing your breasts in public for your own purpose or to offend someone else can get you arrested. According to a California law, flashing in public counts for indecent exposure, which can require you to register yourself as a sex offender.
· Consensual Sex of a Teenager with Another
Since the legal age of adulthood in America is 18, it is against the law for teenagers to have consensual sex with one another. The Human Rights Watch Report states that at least 29 states exercise this law and require any person convicted of this crime to register as a sex offender.
Along with being a social taboo, incest is also against the law. Any person convicted of this crime is charged with prohibitive sexual conduct and is registered as a sex offender by the law, since it states a bar on any sexual conduct between family members.
· Hugging another Child too Much
If a person who is not affiliated with another family member tries to hug or have physical contact with another child, they may be convicted of a sex act. There is no age limit for this law though, which is why many who are convicted can become youth sex offenders, since even a thirteen year old can be charged with the crime, even if they were delinquents during the time.
As a law firm that specializes in defending those accused of child and sexual exploitation crimes, Robinson Kardon strives to provide legal assistance to the best of our abilities. If you are in a situation where you require the help of a sex crimes attorney in Torrance CA, contact Robinson Kardon for representation.