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Virginia laws regarding sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking


Sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking are illegal in Virginia. Listed below are selected statutes that cover the most common types of related crimes seen at Virginia Tech. In some cases, the Code of Virginia uses different terms and definitions than are used at Virginia Tech. This list is for informational purposes only and is in no way considered legal advice. Individuals are advised to consult an attorney or police officer to determine if a specific behavior or incident is a crime. 

Sexual Assault Related Criminal Statutes

18.2-61 Rape

18.2-67.1 Forcible sodomy

18.2-67.2 Object sexual penetration

18.2-67.3 Aggravated sexual battery

18.2-67.4 Sexual battery

18.2-67.5 Attempted rape, forcible sodomy, object sexual penetration, aggravated sexual battery, and sexual battery

Relationship Violence Related Criminal Statutes

18.2-57 Assault and battery

18.2-57.2 Assault and battery against a family or household member

18.2-60.4 Violation of protective orders

Stalking Related Criminal Statutes

18.2-60.3 Stalking

18.2-60.5 Unauthorized use of electronic tracking device


Grant statement: This project was supported by grant # 2005-WA-AX-0020 awarded by the Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of View in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.



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206 Washington Street (0270)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-7806 (8am-5pm, M-F)

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Blacksburg, VA 24061
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