What is the Law?

Here is a little information about the Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Act

If the attacker used force to sexually penetrate the person’s body, it is called Criminal Sexual Assault

If the attacker used a weapon OR threatened to kill the victim during the assault, it is called Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault

If the attacker used force to touch the victim’s sex organs, anus or breast, or made the victim tough the attacker in those places, it is called Criminal Sexual Abuse.

If the attacker used a weapon or threatened to kill the victim during the abuse, this is called Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.

Sexual assault and sexual abuse are crimes.  They are considered so EVEN IF:

  • the victim knew the attacker.
  • the victim did not fight back.
  • the victim had sex with the attacker before that person raped them.
  • the victim was drunk or unconscious.

REMEMBER

Sexual assault is a CRIME.

Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault.

The victim is not to blame.

The victim has rights to respect, information and confidentiality.

An advocate can support you and give information about choices

An advocate can be there to support you at every state of the medical, criminal justice or police process.  It is your decision whether to report to law enforcement.

Advocacy services are available 24/7 FREE of charge.  Call SACIS (1-888-345-2846) or CAISA (1-866-288-4888) anytime if you need to talk!