Domestic and Sexual Assault

Domestic Abuse

According to the Minnesota Domestic Abuse Act, “domestic abuse” means the following, if committed against a family or household member by a family or household member:
  1. Physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; 
  2. The infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; or 
  3. Terroristic threats or interference with an emergency call. 
A family or household member can be any of the following:
  1. Spouses and former spouses 
  2. Parents and children 
  3. Persons related by blood 
  4. Persons who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past 
  5. Persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time 
  6. A man and woman if the woman is pregnant and the man is alleged to be the father, regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time 
  7. Persons involved in a significant romantic or sexual relationship 

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is referred to as “criminal sexual conduct” under Minnesota law. The offense includes conduct that ranges from unwanted sexual contact such as touching clothing that covers an intimate part of the body to rape with a dangerous weapon.

Criminal sexual conduct under Minnesota law also covers activities such as sex with a minor and incest. Definition of Sexual Assault Minnesota law defines “sexual assault” to include four degrees of criminal sexual conduct as well as incest. The variation in degree is related to status and relationship of the persons involved as well as factors such as the ages of the victim and perpetrator, their relationship, and the presence of weapons.

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