What is the difference between the different sex crimes under Oregon law?

Under Oregon law, there are several different crimes categorized as “sex crimes” that sometimes causes confusion. There are several other factors, or elements, that are required to rise to the level of the commission of one of the degrees of rape, sodomy, unlawful sexual penetration, or sexual abuse. However, it is the act itself that often leads to the difference in a crime being categorized as rape or sodomy or unlawful sexual penetration or sexual abuse.

Oregon Sex Crimes Defined


Rape is the sex crime that involves “sexual intercourse” (defined as having its ordinary meaning and occurs upon any penetration, however slight; emission is not required). There are three different degrees of rape under Oregon Law (Rape in the Third Degree, Rape in the Second Degree, and Rape in the First Degree)


Sodomy is the sex crime that involves “deviate sexual intercourse” (defined as sexual conduct between persons consisting of contact between the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another). There are three different degrees of sodomy under Oregon Law (Sodomy in the Third Degree, Sodomy in the Second Degree, and Sodomy in the First Degree)

Unlawful Sexual Penetration

Unlawful Sexual Penetration is the act of penetrating the vagina, anus, or penis of another with any object other than the penis or mouth of the actor. There are two different degrees of unlawful sexual penetration under Oregon Law (Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree)

Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse is defined as touching the sexually intimate parts of another. There are three different degrees of Sexual Abuse under Oregon Law (Sexual Abuse in the Third DegreeSexual Abuse in the Second Degree, and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree)

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Wg 09/08/2018 08:29 AM
????? family member accused,(not caught, acused) of CRIME. The case started at SA3, went too, contempt of court =10 mnths jail. Then, SA 1. Acused by NO name,, when? NO date sometime in a year. Before hearing the case judge looses composer and (aloud) verbally assults accused. Then sentence. Register as SO, for life. NO more time. No priors, NO post crimes of SA.
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Wg 09/08/2018 08:33 AM
Just trying to understand how a man can be tried for being accused
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