Criminal Statutes Related to Sexual Violence

Summary of SA-Related Criminal Statutes

Check back with us regularly.  We’ll be updating this page as new Criminal Statute documents become available.

Changes Made in 2015

Several criminal statutes relating to sexual violence were re-numbered and re-worded in 2015. Refer to the following chart to compare and contrast criminal statute numbers and language before and after this change:

Statutory Rape in NC

“Statutory rape” is distinguished from “forcible rape” by two factors:

  1. The charge requires a special relationship between offender and survivor (either a large age gap or a relationship that features a power differential)
  2. “Consent” is not a viable defense to the charge of “statutory rape.”

There are several statutes that cover statutory rape. The following documents can help you sift through the details.

  • Check back soon for a summary text document about statutory rape law in NC
  • Use this chart to help you determine if certain statutory rape charges are implicated.


Revenge Porn

Check back in the future for more information on “Revenge Porn” and related laws in North Carolina.

Current Shortcomings in Criminal Law

Check back in the future for more information on where we see needed changes in the area of criminal statutes in North Carolina.