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The age of consent in other states ranges from ages 14 to 18.
Some states, such as California and New York, set an age at which all sexual intercourse is considered statutory rape.
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Statutory rape is a strict liability crime, meaning that the consent of the younger person or mistake about their age is not a defense.
Federal law makes it criminal to engage in a sexual act with another person who is between the age of 12 and 16 if they are at least four years younger than you.
Most states do not refer specifically to statutory rape; instead they use designations such as sexual assault and sexual abuse to identify prohibited activity.