Statutory Rape: A Guide to State Laws and Reporting Requirements. Statutory Rape — Criminal Offenses


As noted above, few states use the term statutory rape in their codes. Instead, criminal codes specify the legality of specific sexual acts. The applicable laws are often embedded in the section of the code dealing with other sexual offenses (e.g., sexual assault, forcible rape).

This section summarizes some key provisions of state statutory rape laws.9  Subsection 1 examines the legality of sexual activities involving minors (e.g., age of consent). Subsection 2 describes briefly the variety of offenses delineated in state statutes.

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