What’s the difference between consensual sexual activity between two adults and statutory rape? A state’s age of consent laws. If you don’t know Georgia’s age of consent law, you’ve come the right place.
Age of Consent in Georiga
Every state has an age of consent law, a law that determines the age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to participate in sexual activity. In some states, the age of consent is 18; in others, it can get as low as 16-years-old.
In Georgia, the age of consent is 16-years old. Therefore, in regards to sexual activity, a 16-year-old is a consenting adult in the eyes of Georiga law. However, believing that someone is 16-years-old is not the same as them being 16-years-old.
What if a Minor Lies About Age?
Not knowing the age of an underage person is not an excuse for statutory rape. In fact, if minors tell people that they are 16 when they are actually underage, sexual partners can still be tried and convicted for statutory rape despite the minors’ deceptions.
Therefore, if you are unsure if a person is actually telling the truth about their age, it’s better to be safe than sorry and to refuse sexual advances from him or her.
Have You Been Accused of Statutory Rape?
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