Unlike the crime of Rape of a Child Under Sixteen, which requires that the act be under the guise of force or that the victim submitted to a threat of bodily injury, the crime of Statutory Rape does not require that any such force to have been used or threatened.
Statutory Rape is a what is referred to as a 'strict liability crime', meaning that even the consent of the victim is immaterial for prosecution, and even a reasonable mistake as to the age of the victim is not a defense. As such, the only elements the prosecutor would have to prove for the crime of Statutory Rape are:
- Sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual intercourse;
- With a child under 16 years of age.
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