Statutory rape laws are premised on the assumption that minors are incapable of giving informed consent to sexual activities.
Their incapacity is written into the statute—hence the term, “statutory” rape.
Vermont also has what is referred to as a "close-in-age" law and a Romeo and Juliet exception.
However, notwithstanding of these provisions, violating the age in consent laws in Vermont may expose the accused to allegations of statutory rape.
Statutory rape is prosecuted under Vermont’s sexual assault and lewd and lascivious conduct laws.
Assaults of a sexual nature may also be charged under the state’s assault and battery laws (to learn more, see Aggravated Assault Laws in Vermont) and child enticement and abuse laws (see Child Enticement Laws in Vermont).In most states, adolescents who are below the age of consent, but are older than some other age of legal capacity, typically around 14, they are deemed to be able to consent to sexual with each other if they are close enough in age.The age range varies by state, but typically hovers within 3 or 4 years.The majority of states make some allowances in age of consent laws for adolescents who are "close-in-age," which means exactly how it sounds.Where minors are close to the same age, the law recognizes that these relationships are not exploitative, and thus not the type of thing which age of consent laws are designed to prevent.