Statutory Rape Provisions on the Way in MA
BOSTON - MA
The latest bill on the docket in MA, statutory rape law adjustments sponsored by Sen. William Brownsberger according to The Standard Times.
The latest concern amongst parents and why people are considering this is, sure parents do not want their children engaging in sexual activity at such a young age, BUT in a lot of cases, the consequence of registering as a sex offender is something that will haunt them for the rest of their life, and adolescents just don't quite grasp that.
As it stands, right now it's a felony to have sex with anyone under the age of 16.
The new provision would allow for sexual activity to be legal (as long as it's consensual of course) between someone who is 15 and is involved with a partner less than 4 years older, and between someone who is under 15 involved with a partner less than 3 years older.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said this is just the beginning of where the situation stands, and that this may not be exactly the way the bill ends up being passed.
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