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Updated: 
April 5, 2019

What is the legal definition of sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse includes:

  • any sexual crime included in Chapter 709 of the Iowa Code (examples include sexual exploitation by a counselor, indecent exposure, and invasion of privacy);
  • incest; and
  • sexual exploitation of a minor.

Sexual abuse also includes behavior that is similar to the above acts that takes place in another state and is also a crime in that state.1

1 IA ST § 236A.2(5)