Statutory rape is defined as sexual intercourse by an adult with a person below a statutorily designated age. Generally, this encounter is not forced or coerced but involves two individuals, one of which because of the individual’s age is not capable of making an informed decision regarding the sexual relationship. The basis for statutory rape laws is the idea that many minors are not capable of making a decision to engage in sexual intercourse and it is the state’s responsibility to protect these children. An understanding of statutory rape is useful for families, as many may have to understand and deal with the consequences of this crime. It can impact a family in multiple ways: emotionally, mentally, financially, and physically. The concept of statutory rape ...

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