People who are accused of any form of criminal activity in Pennsylvania can often feel as though they have few options for a successful defense. This can be the case for those facing sex crime charges, drug charges or other such criminal charges. However, it is important to note that the defense process is a vital part of our nation’s judicial system and defendants do have rights and opportunities.
Parties are just one of the many social aspects of university life in Pennsylvania, especially if you belong to a fraternity or sorority. However, the subjects of sexual abuse and date rape have come up repeatedly in national headlines lately. During a time when many young people are just becoming sexually active or experimenting with sex, alcohol or other substances, the line between what is legal and acceptable and what is not allowed may seem blurred. In fact, there are some activities that are said to be normal for college students, and even a prerequisite for acceptance into a college group, that are illegal. It can be difficult to know which behaviors are permitted and which can get you into trouble.
When parents send their daughters to colleges and universities across the state, they usually hope for the best. Due in part to the partying culture of some universities, sexual assault has become common at universities in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country.
When Pennsylvania parents send their children to college this fall, they may worry that their daughters, especially, will be changed forever by the trauma of sexual assault. Thankfully, high-level politicians are putting pressure on university officials across the country to lower the incidence of sex crimes on college campuses.
When parents leave their children under the supervision of teachers, caregivers, church leaders, and other responsible adults, it’s important that they have complete trust in them. Unfortunately, these adults sometimes abuse their positions, and children may be mentally, emotionally, or physically abused as a result. Nevertheless, before convicting someone of a sex crime, which comes with serious consequences, it is important for Pennsylvanians to remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
Many Pennsylvanians spend at least a few years of their young lives at Penn State University, where most students build lasting friendships. Unfortunately, college campuses are also known for sex offenses, especially when there are drugs or alcohol involved.
In Pennsylvania, rape is a first degree felony with serious consequences that may include up to 20 years in prison, a fine or both, but rape is just one of many crimes that may merit legal ramifications. Other offenses include internet pornography, prostitution, child pornography, sexual assault or a number of other sex crimes.
The FBI recently conducted the agnecy's largest ever operation of child sex-trafficking in an effort to respond to growing concerns about teens being held against their will as prostitutes. Child prostitution has been an underlying problem that has not garnered major crime headlines in Pennsylvania or elsewhere in the United States, but it remains a constant as vulnerable teens from difficult conditions are exploited.