Statutory Rape

 

 

Statutory rape falls under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265 Section 23.  The law reads as follows:

 

 

"Section 23.  Whoever unlawfully has sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual intercourse, and abuses a child under 16 years of age, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any term of years or, except as otherwise provided, for any term in a jail or house of correction. A prosecution commenced under this section shall neither be continued without a finding nor placed on file."

 

 

Note that mistakes as the victims age is not a defense to statutory rape.  If the victim lies about her/his age that is still no defense.  The law presumes that anyone under 16 cannot give valid consent. 

 

 

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