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 …