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By Anonymous July 28, 2016 - 7:08am
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im 16 and my boyfriend is 14, 15 in a couple weeks and we have been together for almost 7 months. his dad told me that of I don't break up with him he is going to press charges for statutory rape. but we haven't had sex.....can he do that???

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community for help.

Most states do not refer specifically to statutory rape; instead they use designations such as sexual assault and sexual abuse to identify prohibited activity. Regardless of the designation, these crimes are based on the premise that until a person reaches a certain age, he is legally incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse.

Thus, instead of including force as a criminal element, theses crimes make it illegal for anyone to engage in sexual intercourse with anyone below a certain age, other than his spouse. The age of consent varies by state, with most states, including Connecticut, setting it at age 16. The age of consent in other states ranges from ages 14 to 18.

Some states base the penalty for violations on the age of the offender, with older offenders receiving harsher penalties. For example, California, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, and New York reserve their harshest statutory rape penalty for offenders who are age 21 or older.


July 28, 2016 - 9:41am
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