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Category: Sexual Assault

Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act Signed Into Law

After multiple court cases involving sexual violence have sparked national outrage, the penalties and treatment of sexual violence victims (as well as offenders) has become a hot-button topic of discussion in recent months.

 

Many of these discussions focus specifically on sexual assaults on college campuses. Statistics say that 1 in 4 women will experience some form of sexual violence while attending higher education, but typically 90% of these cases are not reported to law enforcement.

 

A number of [...]

15 Non-Compliant Sex Offender Registrants Issued Arrest Warrants

Fifteen arrest warrants were issued last week for non-compliant sex offenders in Lake County.

 

The sex offenders, who reside in the suburbs of northern Illinois, have failed to follow the rules for registering with the police. In many cases, the offenders are wanted to failure to appear because they did not physically show up to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for their required registry date. In other cases, the sex offenders are wanted for escape.

 

Local news sources [...]

Breakdown of Illinois Sexual Assault Offenses and Defenses

“In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous.”

 

Sound familiar?

 

We’ve all heard the opening line to the hit television show, Law & Order: SVU. Sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous, and in Illinois, along with the rest of the country, those convicted of sex crimes will face severe punishments – along with harsh judgments from the public at large.

 

When it comes to these types of crimes, most people have [...]

The Difference Between Criminal Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault

In Illinois, criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault are both felonies. There is a lot of discussion on the difference between the two during sentencing, however, because one is a much higher “level” felony, which generally means more time behind bars.

 

If you or someone you know is being charged with criminal sexual abuse or criminal

sexual assault, it’s imperative that you know the difference between the two, as well as their respective penalties and sentencing standards.

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When Is Sexual Assault Considered “Aggravated”?

Sexual assault is a serious crime, and those accused of this charge in Illinois face some of the heaviest penalties of any crime in the state. There are a few classifications of criminal sexual assault, and though all carry severe penalties, some charges are significantly worse than others.

 

Criminal sexual assault, also known as rape, occurs when one individual commits a penetrative act against another without their consent. In many cases, this applies to situations when the law considers [...]

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Are Technical Probation Violations in IL on Hold Right Now?

COVID-19 | Probation Violations

While probation offices across Illinois are closed or operating with fewer employees due to COVID-19, there may be a decrease in technical probation violations resulting in any real punishments.

For many years, criminal justice researchers have gathered a lot of data about whether or not punishments for non-criminal probation violations are helpful to anyone. With many probation offices changing the way they do things during the COVID-19 pandemic, that question is being asked again.

So what is the difference between [...]

Illinois Prisoners Have Rights — Are They Being Violated?

Prisoners Rights | Early Release | Criminal Defense

Regardless of how a person winds up in prison, all prisoners’ rights are the same. This is true even during the current pandemic or any other natural disaster for that matter.

One of those rights is personal safety. To help protect that right and to prevent further COVID-19 infections in the state prison system, certain inmates are being released early.

The concerted effort, however, has since given way to public questions about precisely who has been released and whether or [...]

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