The law exist because the Government doesn’t want any child above or even below the accepted age to be exploited by an adult.
Many teenagers first become sexually active before the age of 17. If you are having sex at 15 or 16, are you breaking the law?
California’s Definition of Statutory Rape California’s main statutory rape law (contained in section 261.5 of the California Penal Code) makes it is illegal to have sexual intercourse with a minor (i.e.
a person who is less than 18 years old), provided that the minor is not your spouse.
If the victim is under fifteen, the punishment is up to seven years in prison, but still older men/women decide to have sex with young girls/boys.
Parents are starting to become even more concerned about there children’s safety and every week the New York attorney’s receive a calls from angered parents.
There are teachers an counselors here at Kurt Hahn who can help you navigate any confusions you may have.
If you have any questions or concerns about a relationship you are in, sexual or not, seek the advice of a responsible adult.Therefore, it is illegal to have sexual intercourse with a minor even if the minor willingly participates.Each state has codified this law in one way or another, although it should be noted that the age of consent varies a bit from state to state. Therefore, anyone who has sex with someone who is under 18 (provided that the minor is not their spouse) has broken the law and can be charged with statutory rape.Fortunately, lawmakers in New York took teenage relationships into account.In New York State, a person who is under age 16 but older than 13 years old can consent to sex with a person who is no more than 4 years older; the crime of the 3rd degree rape only happens when a person over the age of 21 has sex with a person who is under seventeen years old or younger and that person can or may be punished with up to 4 years in prison.