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Social Issues

Health Class - Social Issues Unit

Daryl Brodziski

on 10 March 2014

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Social Issues
Bullying is an issue that just about everyone
faces at least once throughout their lives.
Most of the time, a person is a victim of bullying,
however in many cases each person may also
play the role of the bully. When it comes to teen
issues, bullying can be a serious matter.
Bullying is a tough experience for anyone to go through.
Teens in particular are at an increased risk for bullying especially because of all the different types of bullying seen these days.
Bullying is no longer just face-to-face victimizing and confrontation.
Bullying can take place through word of mouth with verbal attacking or online through cyberbullying.
In September 2006, ABC News reported on a survey prepared by I-Safe.Org. This 2004 survey of 1,500 students between grades 4–8 reported:
• 42% of kids have been bullied while online.
One in four have had it happen more than once.
• 35% of kids have been threatened online.
Nearly one in five had had it happen more
than once.
• 21% of kids have received mean or
threatening e-mails or other messages.
• 58% of kids admit someone has said mean
or hurtful things to them online. More than
four out of ten say it has happened more than once.
• 58% have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful that happened to them online.
A 2006 survey by Harris Interactive[12] reported:
• 43% of U.S. teens having experienced some form of cyber-bullying in the past year.
Canadian study found:
• 23% of middle-schoolers surveyed
had been bullied by e-mail
• 35% in chat rooms
• 41% by text messages
on their cell phones
• Fully 41% did not know the
identity of the perpetrators.

Feb. 2, 1996
Moses Lake, Wash. Two students and one teacher killed, one other wounded when 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis opened fire on his algebra class.

March 13, 1996
Dunblane, Scotland 16 children and one teacher killed at Dunblane Primary School by Thomas Hamilton, who then killed himself. 10 others wounded in attack.

Feb. 19, 1997
Bethel, Alaska Principal and one student killed, two others wounded by Evan Ramsey, 16.

March 1997
Sanaa, Yemen Eight people (six students and two others) at two schools killed by Mohammad Ahman al-Naziri.

Oct. 1, 1997
Pearl, Miss. Two students killed and seven wounded by Luke Woodham, 16, who was also accused of killing his mother. He and his friends were said to be outcasts who worshiped Satan.

Dec. 1, 1997
West Paducah, Ky. Three students killed, five wounded by Michael Carneal, 14, as they participated in a prayer circle at Heath High School.

Dec. 15, 1997
Stamps, Ark. Two students wounded. Colt Todd, 14, was hiding in the woods when he shot the students as they stood in the parking lot.

March 24, 1998
Jonesboro, Ark. Four students and one teacher killed, ten others wounded outside as Westside Middle School emptied during a false fire alarm. Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11, shot at their classmates and teachers from the woods.

April 24, 1998
Edinboro, Pa. One teacher, John Gillette, killed, two students wounded at a dance at James W. Parker Middle School. Andrew Wurst, 14, was charged.

May 19, 1998
Fayetteville, Tenn. One student killed in the parking lot at Lincoln County High School three days before he was to graduate. The victim was dating the ex-girlfriend of his killer, 18-year-old honor student Jacob Davis.

May 21, 1998
Springfield, Ore. Two students killed, 22 others wounded in the cafeteria at Thurston High School by 15-year-old Kip Kinkel. Kinkel had been arrested and released a day earlier for bringing a gun to school. His parents were later found dead at home.

June 15, 1998
Richmond, Va. One teacher and one guidance counselor wounded by a 14-year-old boy in the school hallway.

April 20, 1999
Littleton, Colo. 14 students (including killers) and one teacher killed, 23 others wounded at Columbine High School in the nation's deadliest school shooting. Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, had plotted for a year to kill at least 500 and blow up their school. At the end of their hour-long rampage, they turned their guns on themselves.

April 28, 1999
Taber, Alberta, Canada One student killed, one wounded at W. R. Myers High School in first fatal high school shooting in Canada in 20 years. The suspect, a 14-year-old boy, had dropped out of school after he was severely ostracized by his classmates.

May 20, 1999
Conyers, Ga. Six students injured at Heritage High School by Thomas Solomon, 15, who was reportedly depressed after breaking up with his girlfriend.

Nov. 19, 1999
Deming, N.M. Victor Cordova Jr., 12, shot and killed Araceli Tena, 13, in the lobby of Deming Middle School.

Dec. 6, 1999
Fort Gibson, Okla. Four students wounded as Seth Trickey, 13, opened fire with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun at Fort Gibson Middle School.

Dec. 7, 1999
Veghel, Netherlands One teacher and three students wounded by a 17-year-old student.

Feb. 29, 2000
Mount Morris Township, Mich. Six-year-old Kayla Rolland shot dead at Buell Elementary School near Flint, Mich. The assailant was identified as a six-year-old boy with a .32-caliber handgun.

March 2000
Branneburg, Germany One teacher killed by a 15-year-old student, who then shot himself. The shooter has been in a coma ever since.

March 10, 2000
Savannah, Ga. Two students killed by Darrell Ingram, 19, while leaving a dance sponsored by Beach High School.

May 26, 2000
Lake Worth, Fla. One teacher, Barry Grunow, shot and killed at Lake Worth Middle School by Nate Brazill, 13, with .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol on the last day of classes.

Sept. 26, 2000
New Orleans, La. Two students wounded with the same gun during a fight at Woodson Middle School.

Jan. 17, 2001
Baltimore, Md. One student shot and killed in front of Lake Clifton Eastern High School.

Jan. 18, 2001
Jan, Sweden One student killed by two boys, ages 17 and 19.

March 5, 2001
Santee, Calif. Two killed and 13 wounded by Charles Andrew Williams, 15, firing from a bathroom at Santana High School.

March 7, 2001
Williamsport, Pa. Elizabeth Catherine Bush, 14, wounded student Kimberly Marchese in the cafeteria of Bishop Neumann High School; she was depressed and frequently teased.

March 22, 2001
Granite Hills, Calif. One teacher and three students wounded by Jason Hoffman, 18, at Granite Hills High School. A policeman shot and wounded Hoffman

March 30, 2001
Gary, Ind. One student killed by Donald R. Burt, Jr., a 17-year-old student who had been expelled from Lew Wallace High School.

Nov. 12, 2001
Caro, Mich. Chris Buschbacher, 17, took two hostages at the Caro Learning Center before killing himself.

Jan. 15, 2002
New York, N.Y. A teenager wounded two students at Martin Luther King Jr. High School.

Feb. 19, 2002
Freising, Germany Two killed in Eching by a man at the factory from which he had been fired; he then traveled to Freising and killed the headmaster of the technical school from which he had been expelled. He also wounded another teacher before killing himself.

April 26, 2002
Erfurt, Germany 13 teachers, two students, and one policeman killed, ten wounded by Robert Steinhaeuser, 19, at the Johann Gutenberg secondary school. Steinhaeuser then killed himself.

April 29, 2002
Vlasenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina One teacher killed, one wounded by Dragoslav Petkovic, 17, who then killed himself.

October 28, 2002
Tucson, Ariz. Robert S. Flores Jr., 41, a student at the nursing school at the University of Arizona, shot and killed three female professors and then himself.

April 14, 2003
New Orleans, La. One 15-year-old killed, and three students wounded at John McDonogh High School by gunfire from four teenagers (none were students at the school). The motive was gang-related.

April 24, 2003
Red Lion, Pa. James Sheets, 14, killed principal Eugene Segro of Red Lion Area Junior High School before killing himself.

Sept. 24, 2003
Cold Spring, Minn. Two students are killed at Rocori High School by John Jason McLaughlin, 15.

Sept. 28, 2004
Carmen de Patagones, Argentina Three students killed and 6 wounded by a 15-year-old Argentininan student in a town 620 miles south of Buenos Aires.

March 21, 2005
Red Lake, Minn. Jeff Weise, 16, killed grandfather and companion, then arrived at school where he killed a teacher, a security guard, 5 students, and finally himself, leaving a total of 10 dead.

Nov. 8, 2005
Jacksboro, Tenn. One 15-year-old shot and killed an assistant principal at Campbell County High School and seriously wounded two other administrators.

Aug. 24, 2006
Essex, Vt. Christopher Williams, 27, looking for his ex-girlfriend at Essex Elementary School, shot two teachers, killing one and wounding another. Before going to the school, he had killed the ex-girlfriend's mother.

Sept. 13, 2006
Montreal, Canada Kimveer Gill, 25, opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon at Dawson College. Anastasia De Sousa, 18, died and more than a dozen students and faculty were wounded before Gill killed himself.

Sept. 27, 2006
Bailey, Colo. Adult male held six students hostage at Platte Canyon High School and then shot and killed Emily Keyes, 16, and himself.

Sept. 29, 2006
Cazenovia, Wis. A 15-year-old student shot and killed Weston School principal John Klang.

Oct. 3, 2006
Nickel Mines, Pa. 32-year-old Carl Charles Roberts IV entered the one-room West Nickel Mines Amish School and shot 10 schoolgirls, ranging in age from 6 to 13 years old, and then himself. Five of the girls and Roberts died.

Jan. 3, 2007
Tacoma, Wash. Douglas Chanthabouly, 18, shot fellow student Samnang Kok, 17, in the hallway of Henry Foss High School.

April 16, 2007
Blacksburg, Va. A 23-year-old Virginia Tech student, Cho Seung-Hui, killed two in a dorm, then killed 30 more 2 hours later in a classroom building. His suicide brought the death toll to 33, making the shooting rampage the most deadly in U.S. history. Fifteen others were wounded.

Sept. 21, 2007
Dover, Del. A Delaware State Univesity Freshman, Loyer D. Brandon, shot and wounded two other Freshman students on the University campus. Brandon is being charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless engagement, as well as a gun charge.

Oct. 10, 2007
Cleveland, Ohio A 14-year-old student at a Cleveland high school, Asa H. Coon, shot and injured two students and two teachers before he shot and killed himself. The victims' injuries were not life-threatening.

Nov. 7, 2007
Tuusula, Finland An 18-year-old student in southern Finland shot and killed five boys, two girls, and the female principal at Jokela High School. At least 10 others were injured. The gunman shot himself and died from his wounds in the hospital.

Feb. 8, 2008
Baton Rouge, Louisiana A nursing student shot and killed two women and then herself in a classroom at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge.

Feb. 11, 2008
Memphis, Tennessee A 17-year-old student at Mitchell High School shot and wounded a classmate in gym class.

Feb. 12, 2008
Oxnard, California A 14-year-old boy shot a student at E.O. Green Junior High School causing the 15-year-old victim to be brain dead

Feb. 14, 2008
DeKalb, Illinois Gunman killed five students and then himself, and wounded 17 more when he opened fire on a classroom at Northern Illinois University. The gunman, Stephen P. Kazmierczak, was identified as a former graduate student at the university in 2007.

Sept. 23, 2008
Kauhajoki, Finland A 20-year-old male student shot and killed at least nine students and himself at a vocational college in Kauhajok, 330km (205 miles) north of the capital, Helsinki.

Nov. 12, 2008
Fort Lauderdale, Florida A 15-year-old female student was shot and killed by a classmate at at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale.

March 11, 2009
Winnenden, Germany Fifteen people were shot and killed at Albertville Technical High School in southwestern Germany by a 17-year-old boy who attended the same school.

Feb. 5, 2010
Madison, Alabama At Discovery Middle School, a ninth-grader was shot by another student during a class change. The boy, whose name was not released, pulled out a gun and shot Todd Brown in the head while walking the hallway. Brown later died at Huntsville Hospital.
Examples of Real-Life
Cybercide or Bullycide
School Shootings
You, in the schoolyard
I am ready to kill
and no one here knows
of my loneliness

Red welts on white skin
I hurt you
and you cry loudly

Now you are scared and I am ready
my black blood soils your dress

Your white flesh excites me so
I am just a gigolo
your white flesh enlightens me

My black blood and your white flesh
I will always become hornier from your screams
the cold sweat on your white forehead
hails into my sick brain

Your white flesh excites me so
I am just a gigolo
my father was exactly like me
your white flesh enlightens me

Now you are scared and I am ready
my sick existence cries for redemption
your white flesh becomes my scaffold*
in my heaven there is no god

Your white flesh excites me so
I am just a gigolo
your white flesh enlightens me
my father was exactly like me
your white flesh excites me so
I am just a sad gigolo
your white flesh enlightens me
If bullying isn't stopped...
this is what can happen!
Can the music influence
Why is violence increasing
in our schools and homes?
Estimated that 3.5
million people in the
US are homeless!
39% Children
60% of new homeless cases are single mothers with young children.
United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) figures for poverty in 2011[3] Persons in
Family Unit 48 Contiguous States
and D.C. Alaska Hawaii
1 $10,890 $13,600 $12,540
2 $14,710 $18,380 $16,930
3 $18,530 $23,160 $21,320
4 $22,350 $27,940 $25,710
5 $26,170 $32,720 $30,100
6 $29,990 $37,500 $34,490
7 $33,810 $42,280 $38,880
8 $37,630 $47,060 $43,270
Each additional
person adds $3,820 $4,780 $4,390
To learn more about Bullying
Go to: http://www.stopbullying.gov/
Dating & Violence
Wisconsin Law
(2) Second degree sexual assault. Whoever has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person who has not attained the age of 16 years is guilty of a Class BC felony
948.09 Sexual intercourse with a child age 16 or older. Whoever has sexual intercourse with a child who is not the defendant's spouse and who has attained the age of 16 years is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(1) "Child" means a person who has not attained the age of 18 years, except that for purposes of prosecuting a person who is alleged to have violated a state or federal criminal law, "child" does not include a person who has attained the age of 17 years.
Statutory rape raises questions
From: (http://www.beloitdailynews.com/100/6wis24.htm)
Permanent archive to prevent news article loss

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A 14-year-old mother who began having sex with a 16-year-old boyfriend when she was 12 calls it
unfair to charge him with statutory rape.

As part of a campaign by Dane County authorities against statutory rape, the teen-ager was sentenced to three months in
custody and was ordered to have no contact with the girl. She says authorities should take into consideration what she calls the maturity level of the individuals. District Attorney Diane Nicks received a $93,000 state grant last February to prosecute cases of statutory rape. When the grant expires in June, Nicks said she hopes to have a model policy in place that could change the way statutory rape is prosecuted in Wisconsin.

She said she is concerned about relationships in which one person is significantly older than a minor. Nicks questions whether consent is freely given in such cases because of the possibility an older person can manipulate an adolescent. She generally does not prosecute cases where both people are at least 13 and the difference in their ages is three years or less, she said.

With the state funding, Nicks has hired two people to work exclusively on such cases, educate the public on the law and
develop recommendations for prosecuting cases. Some advocates for young women say they are wary of a new statutory rape policy. Deirdre Green, a youth specialist for the Rape Crisis Center, said some of the sexually active girls she counsels feel doubly violated when their lovers are prosecuted.

``Girls see this sexualized society where you're supposed to talk sexy but not have sex,'' Green said. ``If you move the age up
to a 24-year-old and an 18-year-old, society wouldn't have a problem with it.''

The cases are difficult because young people involved in statutory rape cases typically do not perceive themselves as victims,
prosecutors and victims' advocates say. ``Everybody hates these cases,'' said Sandra Nowack, an assistant state attorney general who is heading the prosecution program. ``How do you deal with a teen-ager who doesn't see herself as a victim?''

Teen-age sex can confuse young people's emotional development, causing them to engage in risky behavior, psychologists say.
That can lead to teen-age pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. There has been a steady increase in the prosecutions of statutory rape across Wisconsin, Nicks said. But many still consider it a victimless crime, she said.

Steven C. Christopher, 22, was sentenced to more than two years in prison after being convicted of statutory rape for having
sex with two girls, ages 13 and 15. Both said they willingly participated. Christopher's mother and grandmother wrote letters to Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust, complaining that the girls should share some of the blame because they aggressively pursued him.

``With girls being as promiscuous as they are today, the parents are going to have to start taking some of the blame,'' said Carol Parks, Christopher's grandmother. ``If you rape them, that's a different story. If she comes to you, both people should be held accountable.''
Criminal Charges
A criminal charge is not a conviction. A criminal charge is an accusation. Whenever a person is charged with a crime or drunk driving, the state is making an allegation, which the state must prove. [See Beyond A Reasonable Doubt]

If the state proves its case, then the defendant is convicted of the crime or crimes. Subsequently, the defendant will be sentenced to imprisonment in a state or Federal prison, to jail time in a county or local jail, or to probation, and may be assessed a monetary penalty (called a fine or forfeiture) in addition to the jail or prison time, or in lieu of the jail or prison time.

Under Wisconsin law, crimes are classified by their penalties (the amount of jail or prison time, the amount of fines or forfeitures, or both). The most serious types of crimes are felonies, which carry at least one year (and usually more) imprisonment in the state (or federal) prison, fines, or both. Misdemeanors carry a year or less jail time, fines, or both. And finally, non-criminal charges carry fines.

Noncriminal charges, such as a first drunk driving offense, are often viewed as trivial matters. But even a first offense drunk driving conviction can have devastating effects upon a person's life. Anytime you are charged with an offense, you should consult with an attorney right away
Felony Charges
The most severe criminal charge is a felony. The general rule of thumb for distinguishing a felony from a misdemeanor is the prison term of the sentence. Felonies usually provide for a minimum prison sentence of one or more years in a state or Federal prison; conversely, misdemeanors usually provide one year or less in a county or local jail. Felony convictions often include monetary penalties (fines or forfeitures), which may be assessed upon the convicted defendant along with a prison sentence or as is rarely the case, in lieu of a prison sentence.

Sentences for a felony conviction range from one year up to life, and in some instances can include multiple nonconsecutive life sentences. A nonconsecutive sentence means that the sentences imposed upon the convicted felon may not be served simultaneously, rather, they must be served consecutively (one after the other).

A felony conviction remains on a person's criminal record indefinitely. After a felony conviction, the defendant permanently looses certain rights and privileges previously granted by the Constitution of the United States, such as the right to vote or the right to bear arms.
Misdemeanor Charges
All crimes that are not felonies are misdemeanors. Typically, a misdemeanor conviction is punishable by less than one year in county jail or fines, or both. However, some misdemeanor penalties can exceed a one year term. Misdemeanors also remain on a person's criminal record. Those charges may include sex crimes, drug crimes, white collar crimes, and many other crimes that are considered lesser offenses in the eyes of the legal system, but have gravely detrimental effects on a person's life and future
Class A Misdemeanor
The penalty for a Class A misdemeanor may include a fine up to $10,000, or imprisonment for up to 9 months, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years.

Class B Misdemeanor
The penalty for a Class B misdemeanor may include a fine up to $1,000, or imprisonment for up to 90 days, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment increase up to 2 years.

Class C Misdemeanor
The penalty for a Class C misdemeanor may include a fine up to $500, or imprisonment for up to 30 days, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment increase up to 2 years.
isdemeanor Imprisonment
Both felonies and misdemeanors are criminal charges, but with one major distinction: imprisonment.

A person convicted of a felony will be imprisoned in a state (or federal) prison. Conversely, a person convicted of a misdemeanor is almost always imprisoned in a local or county jail.

Misdemeanor Jail Time
Typically, a misdemeanor penalty will include a recommendation for jail time in a county or local jail not to exceed the period of one year. However, a person convicted of a misdemeanor can be sentenced to jail for a period of more than one year. Additionally, a court can and often will impose a jail sentence and provide for an additional period of time of probation.

Sexual Assault
Sexual Assault Of A Child
Repeated Acts - Same Child
1st Degree Sexual Assault
2nd Degree Sexual Assault
3rd Degree Sexual Assault
4th Degree Sexual Assault
Sexual Intercourse 16 Years Old
Failure To Prevent - Protect
Prosecution After Death
Solicitation Of A Child
Exploitation of a Child
Child Pornography
Cybersex Crimes
Internet Stings
Sexual Assault & Battery
Lewd & Lascivious Behavior
Obscene Behavior
Obscene Material
Sexual Gratification
Felony Classifications
Misdemeanor Classifications
Lifetime Supervision
Sex Offender Registration
Felony classifications
A felony is a criminal offense for which a convicted person can be sentenced to serve one or more years in a state or federal prison, pay fines or both. Felony crimes are distinguished from misdemeanor crimes by the possible sentence provided in the statute: if the possible prison sentence is one or more years, the offense is a felony, otherwise it is a misdemeanor. A person can be sentenced to death for a felony conviction in states where the death penalty exists; Wisconsin does not have the death penalty
Felony Classes
Wisconsin classifies its felony crimes (and misdemeanor crimes) according to the sentence allowable under the Statute. Felony classes include: Class A Felony, Class B Felony, Class C Felony, Class D Felony, Class E Felony, Class F Felony, Class G Felony, Class H Felony, or Class I Felony offenses.
Wisconsin felony Penalties
For a Class A Felony, the penalty is imprisonment for life; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years if the person was previously convicted of one or more misdemeanors, and up to 6 years if the person was previously convicted for a felony.

First Degree Intentional Homicide | Felony Murder
For a Class B Felony, the penalty is imprisonment up to 60 years; however, for a repeat offender the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

Second Degree Intentional Homicide (Manslaughter) | First Degree Reckless Homicide |
Conspiracy | First Degree Sexual Assault | Kidnapping |
For a Class C Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $100,000, or imprisonment of up to 40 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

Felony Drunk Driving (Fifth or subsequent offense) |
Second Degree Sexual Assault | Kidnapping | Arson | Robbery |
Vehicular Homicide While Intoxicated |
For a Class D Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $100,000, or imprisonment of up to 25 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

Felony Drunk Driving (Fifth or subsequent offense) | Felony Vehicular Homicide |
Vehicular Homicide While Intoxicated | Child Enticement | Solicitation Of A Child |
First-Degree Reckless Injury |
For a Class E Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $50,000, or imprisonment of up to 15 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

Battery - Great Bodily Harm | Burglary | Robbery |
For a Class F Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $25,000, or imprisonment of up to 12-1/2 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

Failure To Act To Prevent Sexual Assault Of A Child |
Sexual Exploitation | Burglary | Stalking | Theft |
Second-degree Reckless Injury |
For a Class G Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $25,000, or imprisonment of up to 10 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

Negligent Homicide | Negligent Vehicular Homicide |
Embezzlement | Theft | Felon In Possession Of Firearm |
For a Class H Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $10,000, or imprisonment of up to 6 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

Embezzlement | Battery - Great Bodily Harm |
False Imprisonment | Stalking | Theft |
For a Class I Felony, the penalty is a fine of up to $10,000, or imprisonment of up to 3-1/2 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

Child Pornography | Embezzlement | Battery - Substantial Bodily Harm |
Stalking | Theft |
If a person is convicted for a serious sex crime, the sentence will include additional penalties. See Sex Crimes.

First Degree Sexual Assault | Second Degree Sexual Assault | Sexual Assault of Child |
Third Degree Sexual Assault | Fourth Degree Sexual Assault |
First-degree sexual assault
Under Wisconsin law, 1st Degree Sexual Assault is a Class B Felony subject to the penalties for a Class B Felony.

First degree sexual assault is defined by Wisconsin law (WI Stat 940.225) as any of the following criminal acts:

Sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent of that person and causing great bodily harm or impregnation; or

Sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent by use or threat of use of a dangerous weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the victim reasonably to believe it to be a dangerous weapon; or

Aiding or abetting by one or more other persons and having sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another without consent by use or threat of use of force or violence.

Sexual assault of a minor child can also be charged as a 1st degree sexual assault crime.
econd-degree sexual assault
Wisconsin law defines second degree sexual assault as any of the following criminal acts:

Sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent by use or threat of force or violence; or

Sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent and causing injury, illness, disease or impairment of a sexual or reproductive organ, or mental anguish requiring psychiatric case for the victim; or

Sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person known to be intoxicated, known to be unconscious, or known to suffer from diminished capacities of any sort that temporarily or permanently render the victim incapable of understanding the consequences of such conduct; or

Sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent and with the assistance of one or more other persons; or

Is an employee of a medical facility or program and has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a resident patient; or

Is an employee of the department of corrections and has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with an inmate, unless the inmate is incarcerated for a sex crime; or

Is an employee who supervises an individual on probation, parole, or extended supervision with whom sexual contact or sexual intercourse occurs, unless the person on probation, parole or extended supervision is subject to conviction for sexual assault.

Under Wisconsin law, 2nd Degree Sexual Assault is a Class C Felony and subject to the penalties of a Class C Felony.
Third Degree Sexual Assault - Rape
Third degree sexual assault is rape. Wisconsin law defines third degree sexual assault as sexual intercourse with a person without consent of that person. Third degree sexual assault also occurs if a person intentionally ejaculates, urinates, or defecates upon any part of the body clothed or unclothed of the victim if such act was intended for purposes of sexual degradation, sexual humiliation, sexual arousal, or sexual gratification.

Under Wisconsin law, 3rd Degree Sexual Assault is a Class G Felony and subject to the penalties of a Class G Felony.
Fourth-degree Sexual Assault
Fourth-degree sexual assault is often called molestation; it is nonconsensual sexual contact with another person.

Under Wisconsin law, 4th Degree Sexual Assault is a Class A Misdemeanor.
Child Cannot Give Consent
Under Wisconsin law, a minor is incapable of giving consent to have sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person. An adult can give consent. Wisconsin law provides that consent can be given by an adult through express words or overt actions by a person competent to give consent. A person who suffers from a mental defect, diminished capacity, or who is unconscious is presumed incapable of giving consent.

Sexual assault crimes are perhaps the easiest crime to accuse a person of committing and the hardest crime to disprove. A sexual encounter, a rendezvous, or a secret relationship between adults gone awry can result in false allegations of sexual assault charges. And the result of a conviction can be a Misdemeanor, or a Felony if force or threat of force are alleged. A Felony sexual assault charge will result in serious penalties. A jealous teen or attention-seeking child can allege a sexual assault, and under the laws of Wisconsin, that assault will be investigated without consideration for the effects upon the falsely accused adult. Once the sexual assault charge is alleged, any evidence of a sexual assault, whether that evidence was caused by the alleged perpetrator or another becomes fuel for the prosecuting attorney's case.

Granted, there are people who sexually assault children and adults. Both men and women can be sex offenders. And there are people who want and need help to refrain from activities leading to sexual assaults. Those people usually desire a settlement offer (also known as a plea agreement) to mitigate the judicial system's harshest penalties to tolerable probation restrictions with mental health care.

But those who are falsely accused of sexual assault and did not assault the alleged victim stand to face charges leading to Felony conviction with prison sentences, fines, probation, lifetime sex offender registration, and lifetime sex offender supervision.

Anyone accused of a sex crime should take the accusation very seriously. The consequences of a sex crime conviction can devastate a person's family, financial security, current employment and future career, as well as dictate where a person may or may not reside.

"Sexual intercourse" means vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, fellatio or cunnilingus between persons regardless of sex. Its meaning is limited to persons not married to each other. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse or fellatio and does not require emission of semen. Penetration may be committed by an object manipulated by the actor into the genital or anal opening of the complainant's body.
The intentional touching, either directly or through the clothing, of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks of any person with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade, or arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.

Sexting is a term coined by the media that generally refers to youth writing sexually explicit messages, taking sexually explicit photos of themselves or others in their peer group, and transmitting those photos and/or messages to their peers.


While there is no legal definition of sexting, it is important to note that most people’s understanding of sexting generally does not include situations in which young people send sexually explicit images of themselves to adults. This distinction becomes more difficult based upon the age difference between the two parties. For example, when one of the parties is the 18-year-old boyfriend of a 16-year-old girl, is this sexting or more serious criminal behavior? In addition, sexting is not the appropriate term to describe youth sending sexually explicit images of themselves to others as a result of blackmail, duress, coercion or enticement.

A few middle school girls are at a slumber party and use their cell phones to take and send topless photos of themselves to their friends.
A high school boy e-mails a nude photo of himself to a high school girl he met on a social networking website.

A high school boy sends a partially nude photo of himself to his high school girlfriend. When they break up a few months later, she forwards the photo to all of her friends.
A high school junior tells a freshman girl that he will take her to the prom if she sends him sexually explicit photos of herself. Because she wants to attend the prom, she uses a digital camera to take partially nude photos of herself and e-mails them to the boy.

A 45-year-old man meets a high school girl on the Internet and encourages her to send him nude photos of herself. She takes nude photos of herself using a digital camera and e-mails them to the man. (In this scenario, the girl is a victim of online enticement.)
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Domestic Violence
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Bullying Stats
What Can You Do?
Cyber Bullying
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Examples of
Real Life
Violence Stats
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Since 1995 over 240
students and 240 adults
have been killed in school
schoolings all over the world
with the majority in the US
Small Group Research
Why is violence
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believe this is happening! 20 points
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