Last week in the Georgia General Assembly a bill sponsored by state representative Jason Spencer called the Hidden Predator Act of failed to pass when this year's legislative session ended. This law would have extended the statute of limitations for Georgia childhood sexual assault victims under the age of 18 when victimized for civil action purposes to file lawsuits from the current cutoff of when the victim attains 23 years of age with some exceptions to 38 years of age. The current civil Georgia statute of limitations for sexual assault victims who were children can be found at O. Notably, the statute defines a victim of "childhood sexual abuse" as a person who had an act of sexual assault committed against him or her while under the age of However, many of the offenses which qualify for this particular statute of limitations still require that the act be committed when the victim was under the age of 16 for those particular offenses aggravated child molestation, child molestation, statutory rape, enticing a child for indecent purposes, or any other sexual assault offense in which a lack of consent is supplied by the age of the victim rather than the facts of the incident.
Georgia's Teen Sex Law Faces Fight
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By Ave Mince-Didier. In Georgia, anyone who engages in sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 can face charges for statutory rape , even if the other person consents to the act. Under Georgia law, in order to convict a person for statutory rape, the prosecutor need only prove:. A person can be convicted of statutory rape even if the child initiated, agreed to, and fully understood the nature and consequences of the sex act. In Georgia, engaging in sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of ten is considered forcible rape and punished very severely. Code Ann.
Age of consent reform
In a growing number of metro Atlanta classrooms, as the world outside grapples with high-profile sexual assault allegations and the ramifications, students are hearing more about consent. The sharper focus comes amid the MeToo movement, as accusations have piled up against powerful men in business, media, entertainment and government — including most recently Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The conversation has spilled over into schools, where sex education ignites fierce debates over values, religion and what should be taught in class versus what is best broached at home. They hear those things, and they are having those conversations. And, the Atlanta-based publisher of a popular abstinence-centered curriculum used by more than 30 Georgia school districts is about to roll out an expanded lesson with more specifics about what does and does not constitute sexual consent.
In the United States, age of consent laws regarding sexual activity are made at the state level. There are several federal statutes related to protecting minors from sexual predators, but laws regarding specific age requirements for sexual consent are left to individual states , District of Columbia , and territories. Depending on the jurisdiction, the legal age of consent ranges from age 16 to age