Victims of sexual abuse and their families often struggle with how to find justice. If your family is in this tragic situation, you may be wondering:
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When an innocent person becomes the victim of a sexual predator, he or she may feel uncertain about reporting the crime to the Idaho authorities. Many victims may want to see their abusers brought to justice but are hesitant to press charges out of fear that this could just extend their trauma further. While we understand these anxieties, reporting your crime can help make sure the person who abused or assaulted you is taken off the street before he or she can harm another victim.
If you’re curious about how your state’s sexual abuse laws could affect the criminal prosecution of your offender, we’ve provided a basic summary of Idaho’s sexual abuse laws in the section below. But remember that the criminal justice system is one of two legal avenues available for victims of sexual assault.
Taking legal action through a civil lawsuit can help provide the financial support victims need, which the criminal justice system often fails to provide.
Our Idaho sexual abuse and assault lawyers help these victims seek justice through the civil court system.
Benefits of taking legal action in a civil sexual abuse lawsuit include:
Idaho has five state laws which are specifically used to prosecute sexual offenders who commit crimes against children:
If an adult attempts to persuade or persuades a minor child under 16 years old to either leave their home or school, enter a vehicle or building, or enter a structure or enclosed area concealed from the public, that adult is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months of prison and/or a fine up to $1,000. On subsequent offenses, this charge is upgraded to a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
Enticing a child through the use of the internet or other communication device is a related and more serious charge. A person may be considered guilty of this crime if he or she is 18 years of age or older and uses the internet or any device capable of communication to solicit, seduce, lure, persuade, or entice a child under 16 years old to engage in sexual acts. This crime is charged as a felony with a maximum imprisonment of 15 years.
Any adult who engages in any type of sexual activity with a minor under 16 years old is guilty of lewd conduct with a minor child under 16. This crime is a felony in Idaho and punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison.
A person is guilty of sexual exploitation of a child when that person knowingly and willfully does any of the following:
This crime is a felony punishable by 10-30 years in prison and/or a fine between $10,000-$50,000.
Any person who commits sexual and/or violent acts against a child (anyone under 18 years old) as part of a ceremony, rite, ritual, or similar observance is guilty of ritualized abuse of a child. This crime is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison.
A person over 18 years old who engages in any of the following behaviors with the intent of gratifying the sexual desires of the person, child, or a third party is guilty of a felony:
Sexual abuse of a child under 16 is a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
In Idaho, it’s a felony for any person at least 5 years older than a minor child who is 16 or 17 years old to engage in any type of sexual activity with that child. This includes all of the acts listed in sexual abuse of a child under 16. This felony is punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison.
In Idaho, there are three main laws used to prosecute sexual offenders who commit crimes against adults:
According to Idaho law, rape is defined as sexual penetration under any of the following circumstances:
Rape is a felony in Idaho, punishable by 1 year to life in prison based on judicial discretion.
In Idaho, a “vulnerable adult” is legally defined as any person 18 years of age or older who is unable to protect themselves from abuse, neglect, or exploitation because of a mental impairment which affects their judgment or behavior to an extent which limits their ability to make, communicate, or implement decisions.
Any person who subjects a vulnerable adult to any type of sexual contact is guilty of sexual abuse, a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $25,000.
If a person is involved in the production or possession of sexually explicit material involving a vulnerable adult, he or she is also guilty of a felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
In Idaho, it’s illegal for any physician, surgeon, dentist, psychotherapist, chiropractor, nurse, or another medical professional to engage in sexual contact with any of their patients or clients. This crime is known as sexual exploitation by a medical care provider and is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a maximum fine of $1,000.
If you or a loved one has recently survived as the victim of a sexual crime, our Idaho sexual assault victims’ rights lawyers want to help. We can help you understand your legal options in a free consultation. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how you can find justice after becoming the victim of sexual assault or child sexual abuse.