Every state has laws regarding sexual intercourse, age of consent, and statutory rape. For the record, in California, the law is that anyone 18 years or older may not engage in a sexual act with another person who is younger than 18, unless they are married. This crime is considered statutory rape, even if for example, a 19-year-old man was dating a 17-year-old woman. If they engage in sexual acts, it’s still considered statutory rape on the man.
Punishment for statutory rape often depends on the age difference between the two individuals involved. The crime is a misdemeanor charge if the age difference is within 3 years, but if it’s anything more, the crime is a felony. Consequences include fines, jail time, and registering as a sex offender.
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