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Category: Sexual Assault


MAY  17 2017
Florida Sexual Assault Crimes Often Labeled as Mere “Hazing”
Florida Sexual Assault Crimes Often Labeled as Mere “Hazing”
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We’ve all heard horror stories about hazing. If you were in a fraternity, sorority, or some other type of exclusive organization, you might have even experienced hazing yourself. Since a lot of “hazing” is secret, the term broadly applies to all kinds of things. From silly tasks like going on an all-night scavenger hunt to rituals that involve binge drinking and sexual humiliation.

 

With the reported deaths and injuries (both physical and psychological) that sometimes come with “hazing,” the line between “silly fun” and “criminal activity” can be somewhat blurry. In Florida, this blurred line unfortunately seems to apply …

NOV. 7 2016
What Florida Means by “Sexual Battery” – and How It’s Penalized
What Florida Means by “Sexual Battery” – and How It’s Penalized

Sexual harassment. Sexual assault. Sexual battery. Rape.

 

These days, it seems like stories about high-profile sex crime allegations are everywhere. Accusations of these types of crimes have led to the downfall of  celebrities like Bill Cosby, caused many prominent Republicans to withdraw their endorsements from Donald Trump, and hurt his overall chances of getting elected.

 

But though the media often uses many of these terms interchangeably, they mean very different things. Not only that, but the legal definition can change depending on how the laws are written from state-to-state.

 

This is particularly important to note if you …