Legal Terms for Sexual Violence in New Mexico

In New Mexico, there are a number of legal terms that are sued to describe sexual violence in the criminal justice system. Below is a number of terms and definitions according to New Mexico laws. Please note, the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico cannot and does not offer legal counsel or services and that before making any legal decisions, you should speak with a lawyer about your particular case.


Criminal Sexual Penetration - N.M. 30-9-11

Unlawful and intentional causing a person to engage in sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, or anal intercourse of causing the penetration, to any extent with any object, of the genital or anal openings of another, whether or not there is any emission.


Criminal Sexual Contact - N.M. 30-9-12

Unlawful and intentional touching of or application of force, without consent, to the unclothes intimate parts of another who has reached [their] eighteenth birthday to touch one's intimate parts.


Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor - N.M. 30-9-13

Unlawful and intentional touching of or applying force to the intimate parts of a minor or the unlawful and intentional causing of a minor to touch one's intimate parts.


Each of these terms have varying degrees according to the criminal justice system. For more information, click here to see the laws and varying degrees around sexual assault as defined in New Mexico Law.



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