Why Are Statutory Rape Laws in NC More Favorable for the Girl Rather Than the Guy?

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Have you ever wondered what Statutory Rape really is? It is sexual intercourse with a minor. In humbler terms it is when a male adult 18 years or older has sexual intercourse with a female who is 17 years old or younger without consent. The issue that I have seen arise a great deal of the time is that the laws in most states are sexually biased when it comes to an adult male and an underage female. In this essay I want to specifically focus on the State of North Carolina, being that I live in this state. There is more than one type of rape believe it or not. According to (Article 7A NCGA) There is 1st Degree of Rape which is a person is guilty of rape if the person engages in vaginal intercourse with a victim who is under the age of 13 years old and the defendant is at least 12 years old and is at least four years older than the victim; or with another person by force and against the will of the other person, and employs or displays a dangerous or deadly weapon or an article which the other person. These are the specifics of the law according to (Article 7A NCGA) The 2nd Degree of Rape according to ” (Article 7A NCGA) is when a person is guilty of rape if the person engages in vaginal intercourse with another person: by force and against the will of the other person; or who is mentally disabled, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless, and the person performing the act knows or should reasonably know the other person is mentally disabled, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless. As you can see the only difference in these two laws is indeed the fact of the mental state of the person. The adult who commits Statutory rape however is guilty of a class B felony in the eyes of the court according to (Article 7A NCGA) In... ... middle of paper ... ... not become so consumed with only seeing one side of the spectrum, we should strive to see both sides of the spectrum, thus taking care to make sure that the law does not become biased by the gender on one the side of the younger female. Works Cited • Legislation Statues. North Carolina General Assembly. Rape and Other Sex Offenses.. 2013. 25 Apr. 2014. • "North Carolina Statutory Rape Laws." Sex Laws. 2012. 24 Apr. 2014. . • Reisman, Suzanne . "The Gender Bias in Statutory Rape." Blog Her. 13 Jul. 2009.. • ”ADULT IMPERSONATION: RAPE BY FRAUD AS A DEFENSE TO STATUTORY RAPE." Northwestern.EDU. 2007. 25 Apr. 2014.

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