Laws on adults dating minors

28 Feb

This view still exists in modern times, as it is glamorized by the media and there may be a gender bias in courts on teacher-student sexual relationships (though these relationships are illegal regardless of age).The majority of men who, as minors, had sex with women hold a positive reaction, with a third of them being neutral and less than 5% being negative toward it. discussed a future relationship with the perpetrator (a 34-year-old woman) and stated that the sex was "mutually agreeable".Some jurisdictions have passed so-called "Romeo and Juliet laws", which serve to reduce or eliminate the penalty of the crime in cases where the couple's age difference is minor and the sexual contact would not have been rape if both partners were legally able to give consent.Such laws generally apply to a couple whose ages differ by less than a specified number of years.Although it usually refers to adults engaging in sexual contact with minors under the age of consent, it is a generic term, and very few jurisdictions use the actual term statutory rape in the language of statutes. In statutory rape, overt force or threat is usually not present.Statutory rape laws presume coercion, because a minor or mentally handicapped adult is legally incapable of giving consent to the act.Only two studies to date show positive reactions to adolescent female/adult male relationships, with one saying 44.4% viewed these relationships as predominantly positive. A Star-Ledger analysis reported that, for various reasons, men average longer jail terms.An analysis of 97 cases in New Jersey over a decade showed that 54% of male suspects were sent to prison vs 44% of female suspects, with an average of 2.4 years vs 1.6 years respectively.

The law mandates that even if he or she willingly engages in sexual intercourse, the sex is not consensual.In some jurisdictions (such as California and Michigan), if two minors have sex with each other, they are both guilty of engaging in unlawful sex with the other person.The act itself is prima facie evidence of guilt when one participant is incapable of legally consenting.They are, however, generally unavailable in any case where the older participant has an authoritative position over the younger regardless of relative age, such as a teacher/student, coach/player or guardian/ward relationship, or if any physical force was used or serious physical injury resulted.This is normally accomplished by making acts involving these circumstances separate crimes to which the "Romeo and Juliet" defense does not apply. It provides an affirmative defense to a charge of sexual assault if all of the following apply: A similar affirmative defense exists in the Texas Penal Code for the related crime of "continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children".