When we talk about rape in general, what would be the first thing that goes into your minds? For me, rape is a forceful act done for sexual pleasure for the perpetrator. Although rape laws differ from one state to the other, rape cases are still highly guarded cases because of the effects that it could bring to the victim. There are instances wherein the victim is high with illegal drugs, or alcohol so that they can no longer fight for the sexual intercourse when they perform the act. Rape is a grave issue that needs proper counsel. There are several forms of rape, and they include gang rape, date rape, spousal rape, rape of children, prison rape, war rape, rape by deception, and statutory rape. In this article, we will focus more on statutory rape. In this regard, what does it mean? Is it considered a serious crime in the United States? What is statutory rape in the first place?Statutory rape or sexual assault on minor is an act wherein the victim is not under the legal age and consent for the sexual act. In some states, regardless of a consent from the victim but they are under or below the age of consent, statutory rape can still be filed against the other person. In United States, the so called “age of consent” varies from state to state but most of the time it is between the age of 16 to 18. There are instances wherein the act is consensual, and the victim did not mention the age to the defendant making them unaware of the real age, however, this is not an excuse. The defendant will still be made liable for the case. For more info read this article first.
It is extremely frustrating because more and more cases of statutory rape are becoming rampant in today’s society. For any clarification regarding the case and possible defenses, a criminal defense attorney can help us. Like we said, the law that governs this case differs from one state to another. For example, Utah statutory law covers the age of consent which is 16 while on some state is 18.
The only grounds wherein the defendant can have a legal defense when they are in Utah is when they can prove to the court that they are at least 3 years younger than the partner, or if the defendant is the husband of the victim. In some states, the only defense is to prove to everyone in the court that the defendant is not guilty of the crime. In this regard, a strong defense or a credible defense attorney is a must.