n. the legal concept that someone 18 or older having sex with someone younger than 18 is committing a felony. Members of NAMBLA advocate committing this with young boys, apparently. Even less than 100 years ago, it was common for men to marry teen girls as young as 13. I guess all those men committed statutory rape.
John is 18 and Jane is 17, and John was arrested and put in jail and now is a convicted felon even though Jane married him on her 18th birthday. What a crazy country we live in.
The act of an adult (18+), having consensual sex with someone under the age of 18 (varies from state to state, at least from 16-18), but due to state law, the minor cannot legally consent, so the adult gets fucked over for nothing even though no actual rape took place.
Even though my girlfriend is 16 and I'm 18 and she consented to us having sex, I was charged with statutory rape because her parents can't handle the fact that their daughter is a teenager with hormones and decided to try and send me to jail.