The Laws In Your State

Laws can vary significantly by state. Click on your state to see the laws regarding:

  • Defining Sexual Violence: How does your state define sexual assault crimes?
  • Mandatory Reporting: When — and how — you're required to contact the authorities.
  • Confidentiality Laws: Are conversations between victims and counselors kept confidential?
  • HIV/AIDS Testing of Sexual Offenders: When testing is allowed — or required.
  • Statutes of Limitations: Is it too late to prosecute a crime committed years ago?
  • Termination of Rapists' Parental Rights: Does your state allow rapists' to have parental rights like custody and visitation?

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