Bill increasing consent age passes House

01/19/2018 10:42 AM

FRANKFORT- The Kentucky House passed a bill increasing the age of consent for teenagers when having sex with adults.

House Bill 101, dubbed “Jenna’s Law”, says that a 16 or 17 year old is unable to give consent to have sexual intercourse with anyone 28 years or older.

Adults found in violation of this could be charged with third-degree rape which carries a one to five year prison sentence.

The Kentucky Association for Sexual Assault Programs is pleased to have the bill one step closer to becoming law.

“The passage of this bill in the House is one step closer to adding needed protections for our 16 and 17 year old youth. The change in law recognizes the power and status differential between youth and adults who are 28 years or older. Additionally, it seeks to acknowledge that the part of the brain that engages in rational decision-making does not fully mature until around age 25. Similar protections for teenage minors extend to drinking, human trafficking, and child pornography. We thank the representatives who supported Jenna’s Law.” said Laela Kashan, staff attorney with Kentucky Association for Sexual Assault Programs.

The bill garnered wide bipartisan support from lawmakers passing Thursday with a vote of 83-5.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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