Megan's Law was enacted on May 17th, Megan's Law mandates that a county be notified of child offenders residing there and residents have access to that information. With the promise of a puppy, her neighbor lured her into his home where he raped, strangled and suffocated her. Her body was stuffed into a plastic toy chest and dumped in a nearby park. Megan had been killed by a two-time convicted child offender who lived across the street from the Kanka home and was sharing his house with two other convicted sex offenders he met in prison. This brutal attack is what prompted the first local state legislation and what is attributed for the federal involvement in creating the law now referred to as Megan's Law.
By Lauren Baldwin , Contributing Author. The legal term for the crime varies from state to state and includes sexual intercourse with a minor, sexual assault of a child, criminal sexual penetration of a minor or a child under a certain age, and sexual abuse of a minor. Statutory rape is based on the notion that a person under a certain age cannot consent to sexual contact or activity because he or she lacks the maturity or judgement necessary to make a knowing choice about sexual activity. From state to state, statutory rape crimes can range from misdemeanors to serious felonies, depending normally on the age of the victim and the age difference between the offender and victim.
Being charged with sexual assault can be potentially life-altering for those accused. As a criminal defence lawyer, I have witnessed first-hand the severe consequences for people who have had allegations made against them —— even in situations when the charges are later dropped. National policing data compiled by The Globe and Mail in revealed that one of every five sexual-assault allegations in Canada is dismissed as baseless and, therefore, unfounded. It can also be touching that is sexual in nature, either in a specific area of the body or touching for sexual gratification. Sexual assault includes unwanted kissing or groping over the clothes, consensual sex with someone too young to consent, sexual activity with someone who is asleep or unconscious, sexual activity with someone unwilling, and disciplining a child by striking them below the waist.