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Age of Consent Legislation/Cases/References
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National

Consensual sex between same-sex partners is lawful at eighteen (18) years of age [R1.1].


Chapter 85 of the Virgin Islands Code provides:

§ 1702. Rape in the second degree

(a) Any person over 18 years of age who perpetrates under circumstances not amounting to rape in the first degree, an act of sexual intercourse or sodomy with a person not the perpetrator's spouse who is at least 16 years but less than 18 years of age, and the perpetrator is 5 years or older than the victim, is guilty of rape in the second degree and shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years.

§ 1703. Rape in the third degree

Any person under 18 years of age but over 16 years of age who perpetrates an act of sexual intercourse or sodomy with a person not the perpetrator's spouse who is under 16 years of age but over 13 years of age, under circumstances not amounting to rape in the first degree, is guilty of rape in the third degree and shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Family Division of the Superior Court pursuant to Title 4, Chapter 11, Virgin Islands Code. In lieu of a term of detention, the court, in its discretion, may recommend appropriate treatment, counseling or family planning.

§ 1709. Unlawful sexual contact in the second degree

A person over eighteen years of age who engages in sexual contact with a person not the perpetrator's spouse who is over thirteen but under sixteen years of age is guilty of unlawful sexual contact in the second degree and shall be imprisoned not more than 1 year.

R1.1 Michie's Legal Resources: Virgin Islands Code Title Fourteen Crimes (Accessed 02 JUN 09)
Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
1.

National

In 1985, consensual sex between same-sex couples was lawful [R1.1].

R1.1 ILGA: State-Sponsored Homophobia PDF 700.06kb, MAY 09
Privacy Legislation/Cases/References
1.

Courts & Tribunals

In November 2001, the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia declared that people have a constitutional right to protect the privacy of their sexual orientation [R1.1].

The 3rd Circuit's ruling carries legal authority in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the Virgin Islands, the areas covered by the court [R1.1].

R1.1 ILGA: Minersville Case Victory for Gays 11 NOV 01

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