You asked what constitutes statutory rape in the New England states.
You were especially interested in knowing whether any of these states restricts the crime to situations where the age difference between the offender and the victim is four years or greater.
Most states do not refer specifically to statutory rape; instead they use designations such as sexual assault and sexual abuse to identify prohibited activity.
What is Statutory Rape or the Age of Consent in Massachusetts? In Massachusetts, statutory rape is clearly defined but is instead called “rape and abuse of a child.” The only age that matters is that of the child regardless of the age of the accused.
Like everyone else living in New England, I could not avoid the exhaustive media coverage of the St. From a legal perspective, there was nothing sensational about this case: a 15 year old student claimed that she had been forcibly raped by a senior at her school.
Most young people are aware that there is a minimum age required to consent to sexual intercourse.
Many even know that the age of consent in Massachusetts is 16.
Massachusetts college and university students also face severe consequences of sex crime accusations at school.
Private colleges must provide "Title IX" enforcement of sex crimes in order to receive federal funding.This means that an accused student at a private school has very few rights and can be expelled from the school almost automatically.Students at state schools, colleges and universities have broader rights to defend themselves against rape accusations, but still face a very difficult fight to clear their names and save their academic futures.I encourage you to share this information with young people in your life so that they can make informed decisions. Having sex with an underage person in Massachusetts can lead to a conviction for “Rape of a Child.” While some states have a separate crime of statutory rape for when the underage person is close to the age of consent, Massachusetts does not offer such a distinction.This means that an 18 year old convicted of having sex with his 15 year old girlfriend would have a conviction of “Rape of a Child” on his record.Massachusetts is one of 8 states with different ages of sexual consent for males and females.