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There has been a long struggle within the general public and policy lawmakers in New York on efficient ways of defending the community from sex offenders. Such cases have been rampant in the state of New York and especially in the city where everyone is almost always a potential victim of these societal vices. A sex offender according to the law, is referred to as an individual who has engaged in a sex felony. The term and constitution of a sex felony or crime hold opposing views in terms of ethnicity and permissible jurisdiction. While some of the sex offenders are accused of having violated a law contained in a sexual category, most convicted of the same have convictions for crimes of a sexual nature.

Sex crimes are diverse in nature and description. Those classified in the category of mandatory sex-offenders include a relationship between minors and sexting which refers to the receiving or sending obscene content in the form of an SMS. In addition to the aforementioned applies to the second prostitution conviction. However, in the case where an adult makes any sexual contact with a minor, then this is classified to as child molestation. Some of the other weighty felonies include statutory rape, female genital mutilation, sexual assault, rape, bestiality, child sexual abuse among others. Some states are, however, strict on acts like having sex on a beach, public urination and unlawful imprisonment of a minor which are registered as sexual offenses.
Sex crimes are not taken lightly either by the society nor the government. Many laws have been endorsed since the mid-1980s to augment regulation and supervision of sex offenders in the society. In some countries like the United States, the government has a system known to as a sex offender registry. This is a system which permits it to keep a trail of sexual offenders even after they have completed their sentences in correctional facilities. Such people are subject to numerous restrictions which can even include on housing. Records have it that most perpetrators have full or partial knowledge of their victims which means they can either be related on in a relationship with them.

Due to the seriousness of these unlawful misconducts, the penalties often range from serene to severe. Legal assistance is at all times necessary due to the ambiguity in which sex crimes occur. A good lawyer is therefore considered necessary to fight the charges in case there is a breach of justice since the jurisdiction on such charges is exceptionally intolerant. Indecent exposure, which consists of public nudity and revealing one’s private parts, is one of the sex crimes. Actually, the law does not acquit an individual despite the circumstances in the cases of public urination regardless of whether it would be a medical emergency or not.

Sex advertisement is illegal. However, many of the law-breakers in this field are frequently uninformed about it. In fact, those who practice prostitution go public claiming it is their business but in the real sense they constitutionally are breaking the law and are bound to punishment on an array of sex offenses. While prostitution is seen as an obvious act, it is classified in the same category of what punishment can be given to human trafficking infringement. Such punishment includes imprisonment and coercion. Solicitation, an act where customers patronize sex sellers is also liable to be punished as a sex offender.

According to the United States Department of Justice, rape is defined as “Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” Forceful encounters are the most common and relentless sex crimes and the law is unforgiving on such. In reference to the definition above, rape can be committed in numerous ways apart from penetration. There are sex offenders who drug their victims which even attracts a harsher criminal charge. However, in cases where the offenders use violence on their victims leads to higher fines and extended penal complex verdicts.
Statutory rape is considered as sex with a minor. This act is not taken lightly by law.

In as much as the intercourse may not be forced, the law considers such a person as on under the age of consent and is not allowed to endow with sexual conformities at any costs. This means that even if done at will, prosecution and severe punishment is still viable in such scenarios. In case the perpetrator holds a certain authority position, the punishment is even more severe. The rationale behind this is because the law views it as taking advantage of the child hence bias is highly expected. Cases of possession of child pornography (individuals under age of 18) are severely punished by law and they attract extensive imprisonment.

Another form of a sex crime is voyeurism where some people violate people’s privacy during intercourse. Exemptions to severe punishments are only available only if filming was permitted and with evidence on account of the same.

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