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Is It Rape If My 15-year-old Sleeps with Her 15-year-old Boyfriend?

It is probably not statutory rape. Rape in general is about consent. Statutory rape is sexual activity between two people in which one person is under the age of consenting to sexual activity. Since rape is about consent, when you are underage you cannot consent to sex. So it is a form of rape. So technically, both your daughter and her boyfriend have broken the law. But the law looks less harshly on this matter when the couple are close in age. If however, someone files a criminal complaint things could get out of hand. Otherwise, it should be fine.

The main reason for statutory rape laws is to prevent people of a widely varied age difference such as a 16-year old. The idea is to protect young people from predators who are much older than them and can influence them.

If the age difference between a person under the age of consent (for example 16 years old) and the sexual partner as an adult (like 18 years old), then they have these laws called Romeo & Juliet laws. The goal is if the age difference is so minimal (one is an adult and the other one is not), then they would take this fact into consideration.

 

Nonetheless, statutory rape laws are always serious. In the above example, the 18-year old "adult" could be charged with a misdemeanor rather than the usual felony, which is the case for rape crimes. It could still carry a jail penalty.

Again, you need to check the age of consent in your state.

Some states have these laws called Romeo & Juliet laws.