Definition of statutory rape
: sexual intercourse with a person who is below the statutory age of consent
First Known Use of statutory rape
STATUTORY RAPE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of statutory rape for English Language Learners
law : the crime of having sex with someone who is younger than an age that is specified by law
Medical Definition of statutory rape
: sexual intercourse with a person who is below the age of consent as defined by law
Legal Definition of statutory rape
: rape consisting of sexual intercourse with a person beneath an age (as 14 years) specified by statute
Additional Notes on statutory rape
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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