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Another rationale comes from the fact that minors are generally economically, socially, and legally unequal to adults.By making it illegal for an adult to have sex with a minor, statutory rape laws aim to give the minor some protection against adults in a position of power over the youth.Some jurisdictions also specify a minimum difference in age in order for the offense to be applicable.
A 1995 study revealed that, by the age of sixteen, 50% of U. However, it is clear that most incidents are not prosecuted and do not lead to arrests and convictions. It is generally intended to punish heinous cases of an adult taking sexual advantage of a minor.Thus, many jurisdictions prohibit allowing a juvenile to be tried as an adult under this law (most jurisdictions have separate provisions for child molestation or forcible rape which can be applied to juveniles and for which a minor can be tried as an adult).Thus, the law assumes, even if he or she willingly engages in sexual intercourse, the sex is not consensual.Critics argue that an age limit cannot be used to determine the ability to consent to sex, since a young teenager might possess enough social sense to make informed and mature decisions about sex, while some adults might never develop the ability to make mature choices about sex, as even many mentally healthy individuals remain naive and easily manipulated throughout their lives.
The term statutory rape generally refers to sex between an adult and a sexually mature minor past the age of puberty.Sexual relations with a prepubescent child, generically called child sexual abuse or molestation, is typically treated as a more serious crime.