Many different forms of non-consensual sexual conduct, including rape and other sexual touching (called "sexual battery"), are sex crimes in Tennessee.

Generally, higher penalties are assessed for especially bad actions, such as displaying weapons to rape or raping a young child.

Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

Domestic violence occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together, or dating.

For example, for sexual activities between two adults, showing that the person did consent and that there was no force could be a defense.

In addition, innocence, which could be proven by an alibi showing you couldn't possibly have been the person who did it, is a defense.

Intimate partner violence (IPV) has been a well examined and documented phenomenon in adults; however, there has not been nearly as much study on violence in adolescent dating relationships, and it is therefore not as well understood.

The research has mainly focused on Caucasian youth, and there are yet no studies which focus specifically on IPV in adolescent same-sex romantic relationships.

Tennessee Rape and Sexual Assault Laws: Statutes The main provisions of Tennessee's rape and sexual assault laws are outlined below.

: Almost all sex offenders will end up on the national sex offender registry which seriously impacts where you can live, where you can work, and what your neighbors, friends, and family think of you when they find you're on the registry.

Children can't consent to most sexual conduct in Tennessee.

Therefore, even if a child or teen claims to consent to a sexual act, it can still be illegal.

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