Child sexual abuse and sexual assault are widespread problems in the U.S., affecting countless victims every day. If you're the survivor of one of these traumatic crimes, you may be wondering:
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Are you curious how your state’s criminal justice system prosecutes sex offenders after you or a loved one was victimized by a sexual predator? You’ve come to the right place.
We’ve summarized Oregon’s sexual assault laws in the section below so that victims can get a better idea of how their offender may be punished. But remember that the criminal justice system is one of two legal systems which can help survivors of these crimes. In order to get the financial support you’ll need and hold negligent third parties responsible for allowing the crime to occur, it’s often necessary to file a civil sexual abuse lawsuit.
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From Portland and Eugene to Bend, a civil lawsuit offers victims the chance to find justice in ways they can't through the criminal justice system, including:
Oregon has several laws on the books which are specifically used to prosecute sex offenders who prey on children:
A person 18 years or older can be found guilty of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor if he or she has sexual intercourse or deviate sex (anal or oral sex) with anyone under 18 years of age, or causes that person to have deviate sex with someone else.
This crime is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a fine up to $6,250.
In Oregon, crimes involving adults using the Internet to solicit sexual contact with a child are prosecuted as either first or second-degree online sexual corruption of a child.
A person is guilty of second-degree online sexual corruption of a child if he or she is at least 18 years old and uses online communication to solicit sexual contact or sexually explicit conduct from a child and offers or agrees to meet the child in person.
Online sexual corruption of a child in the second-degree is a Class C felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a maximum $100,000 fine.
If the offender takes a significant step towards meeting the child (such as driving to a planned destination), the charge will be upgraded to the first degree. This charge is a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $200,000 fine.
A person can be found guilty of unlawful contact with a child under if he or she contacts a child under any of the following circumstances:
Unlawful contact with a child is a Class C felony.
In Oregon, sexual crimes are divided into several different laws. In some cases, these general sexual crime statutes can be applied to cases involving both adult and child victims.
In Oklahoma, rapists can be charged in one of three degrees:
A person is guilty of rape in the first degree if he or she has sexual intercourse with another person under any of the following circumstances:
This Class A felony is punishable by up 20 years in prison and a fine up to $300,000.
A person is guilty of second-degree rape if he or she has sex with someone younger than 14 years old. This Class B felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $200,000 fine.
An adult can be charged with third-degree rape if he or she has sex with someone younger than 16 years old. Class C felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a maximum $100,000 fine.
Crimes involving criminal sexual contact are classified into three degrees of sexual abuse:
A person is guilty of sexual abuse in the first degree if he or she does any of the following:
This crime is a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $200,000 fine.
Someone can be convicted of second-degree sexual abuse if the crime involves any of the following circumstances:
This offense is a Class C felony.
A person can be found guilty of third-degree sexual misconduct when he or she:
This crime is a Class A misdemeanor.
A person is guilty of second-degree custodial sexual misconduct if he or she is in a position of supervisory authority and has sex with someone he or she knows is either in legal custody, in a correctional facility, participating in a work program, or on probation, parole, post-prison supervision, or any other form of conditional or supervised release.
This offense is a Class A misdemeanor.
First-degree custodial sexual misconduct involves the same circumstances as the second degree, except the offense involves deviate sex or the penetration of the vagina, anus, or penis of another person with any object other than the offender’s penis or mouth.
First-degree custodial sexual misconduct is a Class C felony.
Unlawful sexual penetration is a crime which involves penetrating the vagina, anus, or penis of a victim with any object other than the offender’s penis or mouth. These charges can either be filed as first or second degree, depending on the specifics of the crime.
If the victim is younger than 12 years old or incapable of consent due to a mental defect, mental incapacitation, or physical helplessness. Class A felony.
If the victim is younger than 14 years old. Class B felony.