Statutory rape occurs when an offender has voluntary sex with a person too young to legally give consent.
(2) A male person is not guilty of an offence under subsection (1) – (a) if he honestly believed that the female person was sixteen years of age or more; or (b) if the male person is not more than three years older than the female person and the court is of the opinion that the evidence discloses that as between the male person and the female person, the male person is not wholly or substantially to blame. (1) Where a female adult has sexual intercourse with a male person who is not her husband and who is under the age of sixteen years, she is guilty of an offence, whether or not the male person consented to the intercourse, and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for seven years.
A female adult is not guilty of an offence under subsection (1) – (a) if she honestly believed that the male person was sixteen years of age or more; or (b) if the female adult is not more than three years older than the male person and the court is of the opinion that evidence discloses that as between the female adult and the male person, the female adult is not wholly or substantially to blame. It is determined in Part 14 of the Criminal Code - SEXUAL OFFENCES -Sexual Offences Against Minors - by Article 143.
In The Bahamas, the age of consent for opposite-sex activity is 16 and the age of consent for same-sex activity is 18.
Homosexuality was legalized in 1991, but "public homosexuality" is an offense that carries a 20-year jail term without parole. (1) Any person who has unlawful sexual intercourse with any person being of or above fourteen years of age and under sixteen years of age, whether with or without the consent of the person with whom he had unlawful sexual intercourse, is guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for life subject to, on a first conviction for the offence, a term of imprisonment of seven years and, in the case of a second or subsequent conviction for the offence, a term of imprisonment of fourteen years. Section 5, part I ‘Sexual intercourse with person between 14 and 16’ of the Sexual Offences Act 1992 (1) Where a person has sexual intercourse with another with the other's consent and that other person has attained the age of 14 but has not yet attained the age of 16 that person is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term of 10 years.
"Every person who, with or without consent, has sexual intercourse with a person who is under the age of fourteen years commits the offence of unlawful sexual intercourse and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term that is not less than twelve years but may extend to imprisonment for life." "Every person who has unlawful sexual intercourse with a person who is above the age of fourteen years but under the age of sixteen years, commits an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term that is not less than five years but no more than ten years." Age of sexual consent is 16, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender.
There exist two close-in-age exemptions, depending on the age of the younger partner. Typically, Mexican states have a "primary" age of consent (which may be as low as 12), and sexual conduct with persons below that age is always illegal.The age of consent is the age at or above which a person is considered to have the legal capacity to consent to sexual activity.As in other states, the West Virginia age of consent laws were designed to prevent sexual exploitation of young people by adults.They were not created to persecute teens who enter into consensual relationships with their peers.Under West Virginia law, 11 year olds may legally consent to sex with a partner who is under the age of 14.