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Federal definition of sexual assault

Posted by Tammi A. Tannura -

Last week, the FBI, under the direction of the Obama administration, revised the federal definition of sexual assault to include men as victims. Illinois law does not use the words male or female to describe the victim or the perpetrator.

Here are some statistics that could be eye opening:

1 in 3 females will have an experience that meets the definition of sexual assault by the time she is 18

1 in 6 males will have an experience that meets the definition of sexual assault by the time he is 18

A general definition of sexual assault is any contact between the sex organ of one person or use of an object, and the sex organ, mouth or anus of another person through force, threat of force, when the person is unable to understand the nature of the act or unable to give informed consent.

For more details, see the Illinois Compiled Statutes, 720 ILCS 5/12-13.





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