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Being charged with sexual assault at any level can be life changing.  In Michigan, sexual assault or victim-shadowrape is charged as criminal sexual conduct, or CSC of varying degrees.  An individual may be charged with first-, second-, third-, or fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct depending on certain factors such as whether penetration occurred, the age of the alleged victim, and more.

The person charged with CSC may be referred to as the defendant or “actor.”  There are certain definitions under Michigan Penal Code Section 750.520a that will help you better understand each degree (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th) as we explain them below.  

Actor.  The actor, or defendant, is the individual accused of committing CSC.

Intimate parts include the breast, groin, buttock, inner thigh, or primary genital area of an individual.

Sexual penetration includes not only sexual intercourse, but any intrusion by an object or other body part into an opening (genital, anal) and also includes anal intercourse, fellatio, and cunnilingus.

Sexual contact is defined as deliberate touching of someone else’s intimate parts as defined above, regardless of whether those intimate parts are clothed or unclothed.

First- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct (or sexual assault) involves penetration, which second- and fourth-degree CSC (sexual assault) involves only sexual contact.
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Human trafficking is a crime that unfortunately happens around thegirl-human-trafficking globe, and not just in the U.S.  Not only are women often exploited, men and children often become victims as well.  Age isn’t a factor, as unscrupulous people who gain financially from the abuse of those who are vulnerable may sexually exploit people of all ages.  In 2015, a CNN documentary titled “Children for Sale:  The Fight to End Human Trafficking” revealed that human trafficking is a growing epidemic not only in our country, but Atlanta, GA in particular.  The world of sexual human trafficking is an extremely dangerous one, and unfortunately this is the world of many victims.  Thankfully, there are compassionate people all around the world who are working to put an end to this atrocious epidemic.

A form of modern day slavery, human trafficking involves for the most part women and children who are forced into working in the sex trade by criminals.  According to Polarisproject.org, there are more people in slavery in our modern day society than existed during the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.  How can we help bring an end to the abuse and exploitation of innocent individuals who are essentially “used” for the sexual satisfaction of others, along with the financial gain of criminals?
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While we all know that committing murder is a crime and so is robbing a bank or your neighbor’s home, some of the criminal laws on the books are a bit more out there. You might not think it’s against the law to carry markers or express your opinion, but in some states it is. Some of the laws on the books are just plain wacky and I’ve yet to see anyone actually charged for breaking them.

Sodomy Laws

In 2003, the US Supreme Court ruled that anti-sodomy laws were unconstitutional in the Lawrence v. Texas case. That didn’t stop Louisiana from keeping anti-sodomy language on the books or from enforcing its own laws. In East Baton Rouge, more than a dozen men were arrested from 2010 to 2013 as part of a sting. Finally, in the summer of 2013, there was a push to fix up the law and the sheriff apologized to the men arrested. If you’re ever charged with sodomy, be sure to call a criminal defense lawyer. Since the Supreme Court’s ruled it unconstitutional, it’ll be hard to make the charge stick.