However, as many of us can attest to, strong emotion does not always help people make the wisest decisions. Statutory rape is defined by N. If the defendant is at least six years older than the victim, the offense is sentenced as a Class B1 felony. If the defendant is more than four years older than the victim, but less than six years older, then the offense is punishable as a Class C felony. You could even be forced to register as a sex offender if convicted.
One Monday in January, Aaliyah Palmer, 19, spent several hours telling law enforcement in Fayetteville, North Carolina , that she had been raped. Things started out OK, she said, in a consensual encounter in a bathroom. At any time after she said no, did her attacker stop having sex with her, then penetrate her once again? It was important because in North Carolina, a person cannot withdraw consent for sex once intercourse is taking place. The North Carolina law is an example of how the US legal system has not always kept pace with evolving ideas about rape, sex and consent. The toughest charge available to prosecutors was unwanted touching.
North Carolina is no longer the only state in the U. In June, the General Assembly ended a century long practice of prosecuting teens as adults by enacting the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act as part of the state budget , which raised the age of criminal responsibility to As a result, most 16 and year-olds will be prosecuted in juvenile court beginning December 1,
In North Carolina, the age of consent for sexual intercourse is 16 years old. However, there are some notable exceptions. School Teacher: An employee of a school cannot have any sexual activity with any student at that school, unless they are married.