Sexual Abuse/Rape

Sexual assault, or sexual abuse in the State of Iowa, can generally be describe as a sex act between persons performed either against the will of the other or without the other persons legal consent.

Degress of sexual assault

There are varying degrees of sexual assault which encompass all ranges of sexual offenses from misdemeanor sexual abuse to felony sex assault and what many consider to be rape.  The degree of offense and corresponding sentence depends upon the alleged force used to perpetrate the offense, position of the alleged perpetrator to the alleged victim, injuries sustained by the alleged victim, and the age of both the alleged perpetrator and alleged victim. 

Sexual Abuse Registry

In the State of Iowa all sexual assault convictions require placement on the sex abuse registry and those involving minors require compliance with Iowa’s 2000 foot residency restriction. 

Lifetime Parole Possible

Additionally, certain felony sex assaults require special parole periods where the convicted offender is on parole for the remainder of their life, and when second offenses are involved, special sentencing requirements may impose a life sentence where a first offense for the same sexual assault may only require an indeterminate term of imprisonment.  Some offenders may also be subject to civil commitment as a sexually violent predator even after the completion of the prison sentence. 

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