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Rape is defined as non consensual sexual intercourse, which occurs at the moment of sexual penetration. Rape often consists of unwanted intercourse accomplished by means of force or fear. The most typical form of rape is forcible rape, which is when the victim is forced to have sex with someone that they are unwilling. In most states, rape can also occur in a number of other ways besides forcible rape (Rape and Statutory Rape). For example, rape generally also consists of sexual intercourse occurring under these conditions: the rapist prevents a victim from resisting by supplying the victim with alcohol or drugs, the rapist poses as a public official and threatens to arrest or deport the victim unless the victim agrees to sexual intercourse, or the rapist knows that the victim has a disorder or disability that prevents the victim from legally consenting to sexual intercourse (Rape and Statutory Rape). Statutory rape refers to sexual relations involving someone below the "age of consent," this means that people below the age of consent cannot legally consent to having sex, so it is considered rape. This means that sex with them, by definition, violates the law (Reuters). The Reason for this law is that someone under the age of 16 is not mature enough to voluntarily consent to intercourse. A minor can be guilty of statutory rape of another minor. If two 16 year olds engage in sexual intercourse, in many states each could be prosecuted for statutory rape (The Criminal). Statutory rape laws vary by state, with states setting the age of consent differently. Many states punish statutory rape under laws addressing sexual assault, rape, or unlawful sexual intercourse (Reuters). A teen was charged with statutory rape after having consens... ... middle of paper ... ...of their lives in jail just for one night of ¨pleasure.¨ Work Cited: Cummings, Felicia. "Teenager charged in statutory rape case." msgr.com. 5 Dec. 2013. Web. 19 May 2014. . Lowen, Linda. "Romeo and Juliet Laws - What They Mean For Teens." About.com. n.d. Web. 1 Jan. . Norman-Eady, Sandra, Christopher Reinhart, and Peter Martino. "STATUTORY RAPE LAWS BY STATE." cga.ct. n.d. Web. 19 May 2014. . "Rape and Statutory Rape." Nolo. n.d. Web. 19 May 2014. . Reuters, Thomson. "Statutory Rape." Find Law. n.d. Web. 19 May 2014. .

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