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All You Need To Know About Statutory Rape

When an adult sexually abuses someone who is “under the age of consent” prescribed by law is guilty of statutory rape. For a child to be considered below the specified “age of consent,” they should be at least 15 but less than 18 years old. Statutory rape is considered as Class E felonies, which carries mandatory minimum sentences of 1 year. In most states today, statutory rape is now called sexual intercourse with a minor.

When compared with forcible rape, the key difference between statutory rape is the age. According to the website of the Nashville statutory rape attorneys at Horst Law, statutory rape involves an individual who is at least 13 years old but less than 15 and engaging in sexual intercourse with a partner who is at least four years but still less than 10 years old. Minors who are below the age of consent are not legally considered mentally capable of consenting to sexual activity. It is worth noting that sexual relations with minors who are still below puberty or sexual molestation is much more serious than statutory rape.

Statutory rape is punishable with significant jail time ranging between 1 to 15 years and substantial fine of up to more than $100,000. Whether the crime is felony or misdemeanor will depend on the age of the defendant and the victim. In most states, being charged with statutory rape in mandatory lifetime registration as a sexual offender.

The problem with statutory rape is that in at least 29 states, age of consent laws makes all sexual contact with minors illegal, regardless of the ages of the partners. The laws may also vary from one country to another. In today’s society, the age of consent is already equal for everybody, regardless of sexual orientation or gender. In other areas, the age of consent in women is different from that of the men.