There you can find that in the state of Georgia, "a person commits the offense of statutory rape when he or she engages in sexual intercourse with any person under the age of 16 years and is not his or her spouse." The law goes on to spell out that "if the victim is at least 14 but less than 16 years of age and the person convicted of statutory rape is 18 or younger and is no more than four years older than the victim, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor." This means that a 17-year-old convicted of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old in Georgia, would be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Every state has different laws depending on the type of relationship between the two individuals in question.Most states do not refer specifically to statutory rape; instead they use designations such as sexual assault and sexual abuse to identify prohibited activity.Regardless of the designation, these crimes are based on the premise that until a person reaches a certain age, he is legally incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse.The minor or the minor's guardian or anyone else who is involved with the student professionally (school counselor or coach) and is required by law to report it, can file charges against the perpetrator.
Every state has an "age of consent," which is when an individual can choose to engage in sexual acts without it being considered statutory rape.Beginning to date can be very challenging to tackle, not just for teenagers, but also for their parents.