December 9, 2023
Statutory rape laws are based on the premise that minor children are incapable of informed consent to sex acts. The inability of minors to form consent is written in the statutes – hence the term “statutory rape.”
In statutory rape, the prosecution need not prove that an assault took place, or that the sex act(s) were committed forcibly. Even a romantic relationship with someone under the age of consent is considered statutory rape if sexual activity takes place.
Statutory rape [...]