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What is a Sex Crime?

Sex crimes involve the following elements:

•  use of force or threat of force

•  sexually penetrating a person's mouth, vagina or anus with an object, penis or other body part;

•  penetration, however slight. In cases involving minors the touching of a penis to a vagina is considered penetration;

•  sexually touching a person's body including their mouth, breasts, vagina or anus;

•  forcing the victim to touch or penetrate the offender's body (i.e. mouth, anus, breasts, vagina) with an object, penis or other body part;

•  without consent.

•  In 2003 governor Rod Blagojevich amended the state law:

- if an individual says "no" at any time during the sexual act, the other person must stop or it becomes rape; even if prior consent is given.

According to Illinois law consent is:

a freely given agreement to the act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct in question. Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission by the victim resulting from the use of force or threat of force by the accused shall not constitute consent . The manner of dress of the victim at the time of the offense shall not constitute consent.

If you or someone you know has been hurt:

Campus Advocacy Network

Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse

After an Assault


This project was supported by Grant No. 2002-WA-BX-0011 awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women and the U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.