Sexual assault is a general term that covers a range of crimes including rape. Under Arkansas law, rape is defined as forcibly making someone who cannot or does not consent engage in sexual activity. Those not capable of providing consent are defined as physically helpless; mentally defective; mentally incapacitated; or less than fourteen (14) years of age. This means that anyone who is helpless through alcohol or drugs, anyone who is has a mental disorder or a developmental or physical disability that renders them helpless, cannot give consent. Additionally, forcibly making someone do something can occur through verbal threats, through fear of violence, through actual violence or through intimidation.
Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention. Examples of this are voyeurism (when someone watches without the knowledge of the victim), exhibitionism (when someone exposes themselves in public), incest (sexual contact between family members), and sexual harassment. It can happen in different situations, by a stranger in an isolated place, on a date, or in a home with someone known or even related to the victim.
Volume 3A Title 5, Chapter 14 of the Arkansas Code Annotated covers Sexual Offenses
Volume 3A Title 5, Chapter 16 of the Arkansas Code Annotated covers Voyeurism Offenses
Stalkers may do the following:
Volume 3B Title 5, Chapter 71 Subchapter 229 of the Arkansas Code Annotated covers Stalking
For more information about stalking, please visit the National Center for Victim's of Crime website.
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