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 Ramos was arrested without incident on one count each of statutory rape and interference with custody. Henri Hollis, ajc, 7 July 2022 If true, those actions would be statutory rape; the age of consent is 16. Laura Crimaldi,, 20 June 2022 In particularly egregious cases, as well as instances of statutory rape, the sentence can run to life imprisonment or even the death penalty. Patrick Frater, Variety, 11 June 2022 In the Season 2 trailer, which is exclusive to Variety, Mary Jo Buttafuoco breaks down the infamous 1992 incident in which she was shot in the face by Amy Fisher, a teenager that her husband, Joey Buttafuoco, had committed statutory rape against. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 11 May 2022 On Monday, a jury found the actor guilty on three counts of forcible rape, one count of assault to commit oral copulation, two counts of statutory rape and two counts of rape by intoxication. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 That was 30 years after Polanski admitted to statutory rape. Glamour, 8 Apr. 2022 Even after his guilty plea for statutory rape, Polanski’s peers in the filmmaking community supported him at the time. cleveland, 26 Mar. 2022 Melissa Blair, 38 of Englewood, Tennessee, was charged Feb. 15 with 18 counts of statutory rape involving nine underaged male high school students. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of statutory rape

1873, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of statutory rape was in 1873

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19 Jul 2022

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“Statutory rape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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