Alaska Man Who Admitted To Raping Woman Not Charged With Sexual Assault

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Masturbating over a victim is still not considered sexual assault in 44 American jurisdictions.

Masturbating over a victim is still not considered sexual assault in 44 American jurisdictions after a case in Alaska shed light on the long term psychological harm caused by such contact, according to a report by Buzzfeed News.

According to David Mack, the author of the Buzzfeed piece, "...Justin Schneider, has admitted that he had forced himself on Lauren (the victim). He admitted that he did it to satisfy his sexual desires. He admitted that he masturbated onto her. He admitted that he ejaculated on her face. But he was not charged with sexual assault."

The 81 percent of states and territories don’t have sexual contact statues that explicitly mentions contact with semen, according to the outlet.

Some in the legal community have termed the omission Schneider loophole, following a tragic 2018 case in Alaska, in which an attacker named Justin Schneider choked and masturbated over his victim.

Schneider’s actions were not considered sexual assault since he touched only his own genitals but didn’t touch Lauren’s or force her to touch his.

The 33-year old man pleaded guilty to a single count of second-degree assault and didn’t receive any jail time.

“While the facts of this case were particularly disturbing, Mr. Schneider’s offensive physical contact with bodily fluid such as semen is not categorized as a sex crime under Alaska law,” said John Skidmore, then director of the Criminal Division at the Alaska Department of Law.

Alaska’s legislature last month voted to include conduct like Schneider into the state’s criminal sexual contact laws.

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