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sexual assault, sexual abuse, violence, domestic violence, domestic abuse, IllinoisAn uncomfortable subject to approach, sexual offenses and sexual assault are crimes that are committed every day in our country, no matter how hard we may try to sweep them under the rug. “Sexual assault” is a broad term, and can include four different types of criminal offenses. It is important to be familiar with each of them.

 The legal age of consent in Illinois is 17. Consent refers to “any freely given agreement to the act of sexual conduct or sexual penetration.” Consent must be given verbally, and physical resistance is taken as a sign that the act was not consented to. In this sense, it does not matter if a victim was “asking for it.” Types of sexual assault may include:

  • Criminal sexual assault;
  • Aggravated criminal sexual assault;
  • Predatory criminal sexual assault;
  • Aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Under Illinois law, criminal sexual assault consists of sexual penetration plus one of the following four circumstances:

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