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Iowa Laws on Rape

Inflicting harm on the victim while committing nonconsesual sexual abuse is referred to be sexual abuse in the first degree. It is regarded as a Class A felony, which carries a life sentence as a punishment.

Nonconsensual, violent sexual abuse that makes use of force, threats, or the use of weapons is referred to as second-degree sexual abuse. It is regarded as a Class B felony and carries a 25-year sentence.

Sexual abuse in the third degree is defined as nonconsensual sex under the following:

  • Uses force or coercion

  • Victim dealing with a mental disability that prevents them from giving consent

  • The victim and offender are related

  • Class C Felony

  • Maximum 10 year imprisonment

  • Maximum fine of $13,600

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