Depending on the situation, the Mississippi close-in-age exemption may completely exempt qualifying close-in-age couples from the age of consent law, or merely provide a legal defence that can be used in the event of prosecution.
Mississippi has two statutory sexual abuse charges on the books which are used to prosecute age of consent and child abuse related crimes within the state.
) is a state in the Southern United States, with part of its southern border formed by the Gulf of Mexico.
Its western border is formed by the Mississippi River.
Mississippi statutory rape law is violated when a person has consensual sexual intercourse with an individual under age 16 who is not their spouse.
After the war, the bottomlands to the interior were cleared, mostly by freedmen.
In the early 1960s, Mississippi was the poorest state in the nation, with 86% of its non-whites living below the poverty level. Since regaining enforcement of their voting franchise in the late 1960s, most African Americans support Democratic candidates in local, state and national elections.
In 2010, 37% of Mississippians were African Americans, the highest percentage of African Americans in any U. Conservative whites have shifted to the Republican Party.
Located in the center of the state, Jackson is the state capital and largest city, with a population of approximately 175,000 people.
The state is heavily forested outside of the Mississippi Delta area, between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers.
The coastal plain is generally composed of low hills, such as the Pine Hills in the south and the North Central Hills.