The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s definition of statutory rape is characterized as non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is younger than the statutory age of consent. In most states the age of consent, or age when at which a person can legally consent to sexual activity, is eighteen. There are particular considerations where a relationship involves a person of authority over a minor. This includes:
In the state of Wisconsin, eighteen is the age of consent. This means that if an adult has sex with a teenager under the age of eighteen they have committed statutory rape. It should be noted however, that if that teenager is sixteen years of age or older, the crime is only considered at Class A Misdemeanor. Similarly, if a person eighteen years of age has consensual sex with a teenager who is younger they are also committing statutory rape.
A statutory rape charge can be filed by the victim, the victim’s parent, professionals in mandatory reporting situations, and can also be raised by the state.
If your child or someone you know has been a victim of statutory rape, you have the right to seek damages from the perpetrator for the losses you suffered.
Contact the Kenosha statutory rape lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 866.499.4700 for a free initial consultation. We are a firm that cares and will take care of you.