statutory rape


Definition of statutory rape

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

Examples of statutory rape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As recently as July, police in the city of Clarinda, Iowa, were investigating a report that a 31-year-old man committed statutory rape at Clarinda Academy, and a separate report that a teenager forcibly sodomized a fellow resident. Joaquin Palomino, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Feb. 2021 Earlier this month, Newsom signed into law a bill that expanded the discretion granted to judges in cases concerning statutory rape. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, 27 Sep. 2020 It's set in a psychiatric hospital in Salem, Oregon, where Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is sent after faking insanity to escape a prison farm sentence for assault and the statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 Sep. 2020 Rosemary's Baby director Polanski pleaded guilty to statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977 and fled the United States to France in order to avoid prosecution. Natalie Morin,, 12 Sep. 2020 Supporters say his bill, which was sponsored by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, resolves a straightforward — and discriminatory — discrepancy in California’s statutory rape laws. Alexei Koseff,, 13 Aug. 2020 Roosie was charged with statutory rape but acquitted of that charge as well as a subsequent perjury charge. New York Times, 5 May 2020 The French-Polish director is still wanted in the U.S. for the statutory rape of a minor but has benefited from France’s general complacency toward male artists and the commitment to separating the art from the artist. Ibtissem Guenfoud, ABC News, 14 Feb. 2020 And with Hankins facing another charge of statutory rape in a different county, there was no immediate concern of him walking away free, authorities said. David K. Li, NBC News, 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of statutory rape

1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Statutory rape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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 degree unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, and criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.

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