This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat The age of consent in Massachusetts is If the minor is below 16 marriage to the minor by the accused is not a defense. So if a year-old willingly has sex with a year old, both have committed a crime, although it is only a misdemeanor. Archived from the original on 1 December Such a finding would allow the Court to issue orders as it finds necessary in dealing with the matter. It is not a defense that the perpetrator believed the victim was older than is later proven.
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New Mexico Statutory Rape Laws
United States portal Sexuality portal Law portal. By law, the exception permits a person 23 years of age or younger to engage in legal sexual activity with a minor aged 16 or Retrieved 11 February In El Salvadorthe age of consent appears to be 18 although the laws are not clear cut in regard to sexual acts with persons aged between 15 and Archived PDF from the original on 4 March In some places, civil and criminal laws within the same state conflict with each other.