statutory rape


Definition of statutory rape

: sexual intercourse with a person who is below the statutory age of consent

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Recent Examples on the Web In many instances these loopholes are used for the older partner to avoid statutory rape charges. Elaisha Stokes, CBS News, "Campaign to end child marriage in the U.S. runs into some surprising opposition," 31 Oct. 2019 Boyle, who was charged with one count of statutory rape, has been on administrative leave since the alleged abuse was discovered. Christine Pelisek,, "High School Psychologist Charged With Having Sex With Student in Classroom: 'Betrayal of Trust'," 25 Sep. 2019 The scene, which depicts statutory rape and full-frontal nudity, is just one of the many uncomfortable moments featuring teen characters in the new drama, airing Sundays (10 EDT/PDT). Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Are YA shows too explicit? 'Euphoria' director defends depictions of graphic teen sex," 20 June 2019 To prove most crimes, prosecutors must show the defendant committed a proscribed act and did so with a guilty mind—ill intent—with the exception of a very few strict liability offenses, like statutory rape. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Why Trump’s “state of mind” will be key in impeachment," 2 Nov. 2019 Twelve men were arrested in connection to a string of alleged statutory rapes of two underage girls that occurred at or near Jacksonville State University in Alabama, according to authorities and the university. NBC News, "12 men arrested in statutory rape case involving an Alabama university," 5 Oct. 2019 According to both Pierson and Fax, child molestation and statutory rape cases in Greene County similar to Meili’s tend to result in probation rather than prison sentences. Tiffany Diane Tso,, "Man Who Sexually Abused An 11-Year-Old Girl Gets 5 Years Probation," 20 June 2019 Yocco, who lives near an elementary school, has been charged with four counts of first degree rape, two counts of third degree assault, two count of second degree rape and one count of first degree statutory rape. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "St. Louis Man Accused of Using Snapchat to Lure, Rape at Least 5 Underage Girls Turns Himself In," 12 Sep. 2019 Polanski, who was convicted of statutory rape in 1978, last year was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ariston Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Venice: Todd Phillips' 'Joker' Wins Golden Lion, Roman Polanski Wins Silver Lion," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of statutory rape

1873, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jan 2020

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“Statutory rape.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of statutory rape

law : the crime of having sex with someone who is younger than an age that is specified by law

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Medical Definition of statutory rape

: sexual intercourse with a person who is below the age of consent as defined by law

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Legal Definition of statutory rape

: rape consisting of sexual intercourse with a person beneath an age (as 14 years) specified by statute

Note: Many state statutes also specify a minimum age of the perpetrator or an age differential (as at least four years) between the perpetrator and the victim. Consent of the victim and belief that the victim is of the age of consent are usually considered immaterial. Statutory rape is now codified under various names, such as rape in the second degree rape in the third degreeunlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, and criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.

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