Rhode Island -- Age of Consent

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Criminal Offenses

Sexual Assault

SECTION 11-37-6

    11-37-6  Definition of guilt of third degree sexual assault. – A "person" is guilty of third degree sexual assault if he or she is over the age of eighteen (18) years and engaged in sexual penetration with another person over the age of fourteen (14) years and under the age of consent, sixteen (16) years of age.




Criminal Offenses

Crime Against Nature

SECTION 11-10-1

    11-10-1  Abominable and detestable crime against nature. – Every person who shall be convicted of the abominable and detestable crime against nature, either with mankind or with any beast, shall be imprisoned not exceeding twenty (20) years nor less than seven (7) years.

[EDITOR NOTE:  We have received the following information indicating that Rhode Island has abolished its various sodomy laws.]

"But when the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted on Thursday to lift the state's ban on sodomy, it took "perhaps the biggest step in 15 years on these archaic laws," the bill's sponsor, Rep. Edith Ajello, said on Friday. Like 20 other states, Rhode Island still has a law against sodomy -- defined as oral or anal sex, and described in the 102-year-old law as "abominable and detestable crimes against nature." Violators face a maximum prison term of 20 years."
Source:  http://www.ishipress.com/sodomyri.htm


Update 06-23-01:
The location of the law about the information has since changed. It's no longer 11-10-1, but 11-37-6.

This is the exact cite:

This is the index to the chapter:

This is the index to the title:




"For proponents of sodomy-law repeal, the victory in Rhode Island is only the latest in a
series of legal and political battles that was sparked by 1986's Bowers v. Hardwick
case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state sodomy laws do not violate
constitutional privacy guarantees, thereby upholding a state's right to make and enforce
sodomy laws. Such laws affect same-sex and opposite-sex couples both."


Sodomy Law Repeal: Rhode Island has joined a majority of states in repealing its
antiquated sodomy law.




07-2000 New Source: U.S. statutory rape laws is published on the Web by the National
Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information. The booklet, which
requires Adobe Acrobat to read, is located at:


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