statutory rape

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statutory rape (plural statutory rapes)

  1. (law) An illegal act of sexual intercourse by an adult with a person under the legal age of consent for sex, or with another adult who is not able to consent because of lack of mental capacity.

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Technically, the term statutory rape is not usually used by governments or states in their laws. It is a term used to simply describe the laws against adults having sex with people younger than the government's legal age for sex.

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