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State Law Database

Laws In Your State

From the legal definition of rape to the statute of limitation for a particular sex crime, where you live makes a difference. Here's a guide to the laws in your state.

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Select Up To Two Topics:
  • Sex Crimes: Definitions and Penalties
  • Consent Laws
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  • Laws about Private Communications
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State Laws by Topic

Sex Crimes: Definitions and Penalties

How does your state define sexual assault crimes?

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Termination of Rapists' Parental Rights

Does your state allow rapists to have parental rights like custody and visitation?

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Consent Laws

There are a number of factors that determine if a person legally consents, from their age to whether they're incapacitated. Learn about consent in your state.

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Laws about Private Communications

Are conversations between victims and sexual assault service providers kept confidential?

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Mandatory Reporting: Children

When and how you're required to contact the authorities.

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Mandatory Reporting: The Elderly

When and how you're required to contact the authorities.

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Criminal Statutes of Limitations

Is it too late to prosecute a crime committed years ago?

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HIV/AIDS Testing of Offenders

When testing is allowed or required.

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Lawfully Owed DNA

Does your state require people arrested or convicted of sex crimes to provide a DNA sample?

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DNA evidence can increase likelihood of holding a perpetrator accountable.

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