Sexual abuse and sexual assault are two different sex crimes under Illinois law. While there are many similarities between these two offenses, Illinois law defines and punishes them separately. To understand the nuances between these crimes, the following sections will examine several relevant Illinois statutes.
What are the Illinois Laws Against Criminal Sexual Abuse?
720 ILCS 5/11-1.50 exhibits the Illinois laws against criminal sexual abuse. There are two different versions of this crime under Section 11-1.50.
One version of criminal sexual abuse revolves around the ages of the perpetrator and the victim. This version applies when there is sexual conduct or penetration and:
- The perpetrator is under 17 years old, and the victim is between 9 and 16 years old; or The victim is between 13 and 16 years old, and the perpetrator is less than five years older than the victim.
The other version of criminal sexual abuse centers [...]