Some forms of sexual violence are illegal, such as rape and incest.
Others are not illegal, such as sexist and sexually violence jokes, street harassment and catcalling, but this does not make them any less threating or harmful to the person victimized.
There are a wide range of laws and charges that can be applied to different circumstances, with factors ranging from the age difference between the two parties involved and whether the two people are married to one another.
If a teen who is 13, 14 or 15 has sex with a person who is less than four years older than they are, then an accusation of statutory rape will not be made.
In Pennsylvania, children less than 13 years of age cannot grant consent to sexual activity.
The age of consent is the age that the state has determined a person needs to be in order to be able to understand what they are doing when they engage in sexual intercourse.
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In Pennsylvania, sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 16 when the other person is four or more years older is called statutory sexual assault.
We all play a role in preventing sexual violence and establishing norms of respect, safety, equality, and helping others.
The experience that young people have with sexual violence can take on many forms including sexual harassment, pressure in dating relationships to engage in sexual behaviors, or pressure to send sexual pictures or texts.