Sexual assault is also sometimes known as rape.
Sexual assault in the first degree
When someone forces another person to have sex against his/her will through the actual use of violence or through the threat of physical violence in the future, this is sexual assault in the first degree. Sexual assault also occurs when the victim's power to appraise or control the situation is impaired by any drug, alcohol, or any other means used to cause submission. Sexual assault in the first degree is a class 3 felony, unless:
* one or more persons aid the person in committing the assault
* the victim suffers serious bodily injury
* the person committing the assault uses a deadly weapon to cause the victim to submit
In these cases it becomes a class 2 felony (18-3-402).
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