Massachusetts criminal law for forced sex and sexual assault

Massachusetts criminal law for forced sex and sexual assault

The very term forced sex explains everything by itself. If you do not consent to sex and forced to do something sexual then it is a serious crime. Sexual assault means any unwanted contact, which is also a criminal offense. There is a clear differentiation between forced sex and sexual assault. For example, if someone touches a woman’s buttocks, it would be called sexual assault and not forced sex. You can choose an MA criminal defense lawyer to get a proper solution to your problems.

In Massachusetts, it is explained as in which the criminal subjects the victim to sexual touching that is unasked and offensive too.

 

So, you might be wondering what are the sexual assault examples. Here is the example:

Someone forces you to kiss him or her

Someone touches your breast, butt, or your private parts without your permission

Someone rubs genitals against you without your consent

Someone shows your genitals without your permission

 

You may know that there are two different types of sexual assaults in Massachusetts: indecent assault and battery and aggravated sexual assault. If a harm comes to the victim as a result of the indecent assault, it can be exalted to an aggravated indecent assault crime. On the other hand, if any medical requirement is there due to sexual assault then it comes under aggravated sexual assault. If someone commits this crime he or she may be sentenced to prison for a longer period of time. If one commits this crime he or she will land in prison and on the Massachusetts Sex offender Registry Board. This board promotes public safety by informing all to prevent further exploitation.

 

Here are a few details which you need to know about Massachusetts criminal law for sexual assault:

  • Elements of Indecent Sexual Assault and Battery

 

  1. Indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 (MGL chapter 265, section 13H): It is a touching that is not socially and morally acceptable, which includes touching buttocks, breast, and genitals. Punishment: Five years of state prison or two and a half years house of corrections.

 

  1. Indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 (MGL chapter 265, section 13B): A child cannot give consent to an indecent touching. Punishment: Ten years of state prison or two and a half years house of corrections.

 

  1. Indecent assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability (MGL chapter 265, section 13F): Indecent touching a person with a mental disability. Punishment: Maximum penalty ten years state prison and the minimum penalty is five years.

 

  1. Indecent assault and battery on elder and disabled person (MGL chapter 265, section 13H): Indecent touching with a permanent or long-term physical or mental damage. Punishment: 10 years state prison or two and half years house of correction.

 
 

  • Types of Indecent Sexual Assault and Battery

 

  1. Indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 ( MGL chapter 265, section 13B ½ ): Touching committed during criminal offense or if the defendant is mandated, reporter. Punishment: if anyone commits this crime the maximum penalty is life and minimum is ten years.

So, the above mentioned points are a few details which you need to know about Massachusetts criminal law for sexual assault.