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Arizona Statutory Rape Laws
If you engage in sexual conduct with someone under the age of 18, does it matter if it's consensual? In Arizona, as in all other states, the answer is no. The age at which individuals have the legal ability to give consent is A common myth is that in order for sex to be rape , it has to be forced. Statutory rape is the exception, because while the "victim" can be willing, their consent does not carry legal weight until age
Every parent knows the worry that comes when teenage children fall in love. Intense emotions, raging hormones and the pressures of a highly promiscuous teen culture can push almost any child into early sexual involvement. But for young people in Arizona, the legal consequences of forbidden sexual activity can be completely life-shattering. Sadly, all it takes to turn a teenage romance into a nightmare that never ends is a single complaint to the police from an angry parent or a jilted boyfriend or girlfriend.
By Jessica Gillespie. In Arizona, it is illegal for an adult someone 18 or older to have sex with a minor someone younger than 18 , even if the sex is consensual. Those who break the law have committed statutory rape. Statutory rape laws are premised on the assumption that minors are incapable of giving informed consent to sexual activities.
YOUR FAMILY & THE LAW: Teenage Romance and Arizona’s "Romeo and Juliet" Laws
Even though you may not be a teenager anymore, you once were a teenager and are able to recognize the difficulty that comes with that period in life. Most teenagers experience intense emotions, rampant hormones, and according to recent scientific studies — a reduced ability to make reasonable decisions due to an underdeveloped brain. Some of the poorest decisions that teenagers and individuals who are a bit older than their teen years make are in the area of sexual intercourse. Many states, including Arizona, take their age of consent laws very seriously and violation of those laws has serious criminal repercussions. In Arizona, the age of consent is 18 years old, according to Arizona Revised Statutes