Scottish Government, Guidance:
The law on sex
A common misconception about statutory rape is that there is a single age at which an individual can legally consent to sexual activity. Each is described below. Northern Ireland. A primary factor in determining whether statutory rape is child abuse is the relationship between the victim and the defendant. Home Office Communications Directorate, Hate Crime. In fact, only 12 states have a single age of consent; in these states, this age ranges from 16 to 18 years old.