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statutory rape Syllabification: stat·u·to·ry rape
Pronunciation: /ˈstaCHəˌtôrē rāp/

Definition of statutory rape in English:


(In some jurisdictions) sexual intercourse with a minor.
Example sentences
  • Her parents had him arrested for statutory rape and the relationship ended.
  • Laws prohibiting kidnap and rape, including statutory rape, should be sufficient to provide protection against involuntary intimate relationships.
  • Many people believe that enforcing statutory rape laws will decrease the teen pregnancy rate.

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