Love is love, but laws are laws and sketchy is sketchy.
When it comes to statutory rape, sometimes there’s a shade of gray that makes things complicated, but we’re going to try to keep it real. If you’re underage you can’t consent to having sex. It’s not necessarily the violent rape you’re probably thinking of, but it’s still a form of rape.
One thing that sucks about these provisions, however, is that some less progressive states or countries make sure that Romeo and Juliet laws don’t apply to same-sex couples. But if I was hooking up with, say, my soccer coach or something then– Yeah, going to protect your (creepy) coach in that case. Because like I said earlier the law also acknowledges power play.Some even disregard cases in which the sexual relationship started before one of the partners was over the age of consent.For example, you’re 16-years-old, your partner just turned 18-years-old and the age of consent is 17-years-old; if you and your partner were having sex then both of you were under the age of 17, some laws protect your older partner from getting in trouble.Statutory rape is probably–no, definitely–the most controversial topic for you, our readers.Not something super divisive like abortion or feminism, statutory rape.Statutory rape laws are generally far more concerned with the latter.They protect kids and teenagers from manipulative predators who can easily manipulate their way into a younger person’s heart and bedroom. what if I’m 16-years-old and my boyfriend just turned 18-years-old? Now, here’s where things get a little funky and there’s a name for this funkiness: Romeo and Juliet laws. Trust, it’s really not as over the top and fatal as it sounds.Wait, so if I’m under the age of consent then what happens if I have consensual sex with someone else who is also under the age of consent?Well, in some states then technically both of you have broken the law.Basically, Romeo and Juliet laws reduce or terminate the penalty of statutory rape in cases in which the age difference between two sexually active and consenting partners–one above and one below the age of consent–is very minimal.This means that some statutory rape laws exclude situations where the age difference fits a particular time frame, like if the older partner was less than three years older than you, or if you were over a certain age–say, 14–when you two had sex.A 23 year old would be out of college trying to live their life.Most 15 year olds are still in high school and aren’t even allowed to drive yet, let alone get served at a bar like their 23-year-old boyfriend.So here’s everything you need to know about statutory rape. Statutory rape is sexual activity between two people in which one person is under the age of consenting to sexual activity in the first place. Okay, how do I find out what the age of consent is where I live.