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{{#invoke:Sidebar|sidebar}} In some common law jurisdictions, statutory rape is sexual activity in which at least one person is below the age required to legally consent to the behavior.<ref name=ojjdp>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Although it usually refers to adults engaging in sex with minors under the age of consent,<ref name=ojjdp/> it is a generic term, and very few jurisdictions use the actual term statutory rape in the language of statutes.<ref name=ovc>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Different jurisdictions use many different statutory terms for the crime, such as sexual assault (SA), rape of a child (ROAC), corruption of a minor (COAM), unlawful sex with a minor (USWAM),<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> carnal knowledge of a minor (CKOAM), unlawful carnal knowledge (UCK), sexual battery<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> or simply carnal knowledge.

In statutory rape, overt force or threat is usually not present. Statutory rape laws presume coercion, because a minor or mentally handicapped adult is legally incapable of giving consent to the act.

The term statutory rape generally refers to sex between an adult and a sexually mature minor past the age of puberty. Sexual relations with a prepubescent child, generically called child sexual abuse or molestation, is typically treated as a more serious crime.


Statutory rape sections
Intro  Age of consent  Rationale of statutory rape laws  Romeo and Juliet laws  Gender differences in statutory rape  Specific laws depending on countries  Current issues  See also  References  External links  

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