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(720 ILCS 5/12-33)
(from Ch. 38, par. 12-33)
Ritualized abuse of a child.
(a) A person commits ritualized abuse of a child when he or she
knowingly commits any of the following acts with, upon, or in the presence of a child
as part of a ceremony, rite or any similar observance:
(1) actually or in simulation, tortures, mutilates,
or sacrifices any warm-blooded animal or human being;
(2) forces ingestion, injection or other application
of any narcotic, drug, hallucinogen or anaesthetic for the purpose of dulling sensitivity, cognition, recollection of, or resistance to any criminal activity;
(3) forces ingestion, or external application, of
human or animal urine, feces, flesh, blood, bones, body secretions, nonprescribed drugs or chemical compounds;
(4) involves the child in a mock, unauthorized or
unlawful marriage ceremony with another person or representation of any force or deity, followed by sexual contact with the child;
(5) places a living child into a coffin or open grave
containing a human corpse or remains;
(6) threatens death or serious harm to a child, his
or her parents, family, pets, or friends that instills a well-founded fear in the child that the threat will be carried out; or
(7) unlawfully dissects, mutilates, or incinerates a
(b) The provisions of this Section shall not be construed to apply to:
(1) lawful agricultural, animal husbandry, food
preparation, or wild game hunting and fishing practices and specifically the branding or identification of livestock;
(2) the lawful medical practice of male circumcision
or any ceremony related to male circumcision;
(3) any state or federally approved, licensed, or
funded research project; or
(4) the ingestion of animal flesh or blood in the
performance of a religious service or ceremony.
(b-5) For the purposes of this Section, "child" means any person under 18 years of age.
(c) Ritualized abuse of a child is a Class 1 felony for a first
offense. A second or subsequent conviction for ritualized abuse of a child
is a Class X felony for which an offender who has attained the age of 18 years at the time of the commission of the offense may be sentenced to a term of
natural life imprisonment and an offender under the age of 18 years at the time of the commission of the offense shall be sentenced under Section 5-4.5-105 of the Unified Code of Corrections.
(Source: P.A. 99-69, eff. 1-1-16