Statutory Rape Research Paper

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What is statutory rape? “Statutory Rape is a term used in some legal jurisdictions to describe consensual sexual relations that take place when an individual has sexual relations with an individual not necessarily old enough to legally consent to the behavior” ( The term statutory rape is used when the government feels a (female) minor cannot consent to sex because of her age. Therefore, the government considers sexual contact with a minor to be statutory rape. The court system after so many years of convicting and prosecuting statutory rape cases, have had people to begin to wonder and question whether the statutory rape laws are actually protecting a minor’s right when it comes down to non-forcible sex or consensual sex. Many issues have come up with the laws surrounding statutory rape. Although the laws are in place to help people, the laws are unfair. There are changes that could be made to help improve these laws. A major problem with statutory rape laws is that each state has a different law. To help improve statutory rape laws, all states should work…show more content…
In the past, women were afraid of men. They didn’t take rape as a light crime. Times have changed. Today, in this day and time, a young female can cry rape when the sex was after all consensual. “These adolescent violators now end up on sex offender registries—some for life” (The Absurd Consequences) all because the female was scared to voice her opinion and state that the sexual behaviors were consensual. When a female cries rape, the court atomically sides with her until proven otherwise. That gives the male no time to state his claim. Historically, statutory rape laws were designed to protect teenage girls from a male who would take their virginity, get her pregnant, and then decide to not take responsibility for his

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