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Statutory rape training.

The Nevada Public Health Foundation (NPHF) is pleased to offer statutory rape education presentations throughout the state of Nevada, at no cost to the requesting entity. NPHF provides statutory rape education to mandatory reporters, law enforcement agencies, high schools, parents, child advocates, and a number of other entities in Nevada.

Nevada law states that it is illegal for any adult (18 years of age or older) to engage in sexual intercourse or other sexual penetration with a minor under the age of 16, even if the minor consents to the sexual activity. Consent does not make it legal. The adult is legally responsible for committing the crime, not the minor. If found guilty of statutory rape, or "Statutory Sexual Seduction" per Nevada Revised Statutes, prison time, fines, and being identified as a sex offender for life are all possible. Nevada law is gender neutral and applies to both heterosexual and homosexual relationships.

Victims of statutory rape often suffer such consequences as dropping out of school, poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, low contraceptive use, sexually transmitted diseases, and teen pregnancy. Many adults who are engaged in sexual relationships with minors use manipulation, grooming, power/control tactics, gifts, and transportation to seduce the minor.

Nursing is one of many professions included in Nevada law that requires the mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect. Therefore, it is vital that nurses are informed about statutory rape law, since statutory sexual seduction is considered sexual abuse (NRS 432B.100).

Funding from the State of Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services supports NPHF's Statutory Rape Education Project, offering free educational presentations throughout Nevada.

For more information about statutory rape or to schedule a presentation, contact Katie Deines via e-mail: or call (775) 884-0392.

Katie Deines

Health Information Specialist Nevada Public Health Foundation
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Title Annotation:around Nevada
Author:Deines, Katie
Publication:Nevada RNformation
Geographic Code:1U8NV
Date:Feb 1, 2014
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