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Sexual Consent Laws By Age

These are subject to change laws and are for sexual consent in the United States only. If you see two ages in one cell, that is because the age of consent is different for females and for males. Yes, that makes no sense, but these laws apply to you. Often these laws are very old. If you are younger than age 18, please check the laws in the state in which you reside.

Although many young people are mature enough to know how to deal with the consequences of sex, some teens are not grown up enough to know that their actions have consequences. The same comment applies to adults as well.

Age of consent laws were implemented to stop young people from being exploited by adults.That is why you need to register to vote at age 18 and make your opinions heard!

 USA by State:

Female/Male Male/Male Female/Female

  Alabama

16 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Alaska 16 16 16
  Arizona 18 Law repealed law repealed
  Arkansas 16 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  California 18 18 18
  Colorado 17 17 17
  Connecticut 16 16 16
  District of C. 16 Law repealed
Law repealed
  Delaware 16 (f)18 (m) Law repealed Law repealed
  Florida 18 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Georgia 16 16 16
  Hawaii 16 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Idaho 16 (f) 18 (m) Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Illinois 17 17 17
  Indiana 16 16 16
  Iowa 16(f) 16(m) Law repealed Law repealed
  Kansas 16 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Kentucky 16 Law repealed Law repealed
  Louisiana 17 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Maine 16 16 16
  Maryland 16 no current law no current law
  Massachusetts 16 (f) 18 (m) Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Michigan 16 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Minnesota 16 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Mississippi 16 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Missouri 17 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Montana 16 (f) 18 (m) 18 18
  Nebraska 17 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Nevada 16 18 18
  New Hampshire 16 18 18
  New Jersey 16 16 16
  New Mexico 17 16 16
  New York 17 17 17
  North Carolina 16 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  North Dakota 18 18 18
  Ohio 16 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Oklahoma 16 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Oregon 18 18 18
  Pennsylvania 16 16 16
  Rhode Island 16 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  South Carolina 14 (f) 16 (m) Law invalidated Law invalidated
  South Dakota 16 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Tennessee 18 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Texas 17 Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Utah 16 - f 18 (m) Law invalidated Law invalidated
  Vermont 16 Law repealed Law repealed
  Virginia 18 Law repealed Law repealed
  Washington 16 16 16
  West Virginia 16 18 18
  Wisconsin 18 18 18
  Wyoming 16 (f) 18 (m) Law repealed

Law repealed

  US Military 16 don't ask, don't tell don't ask, don't tell
  USA Citizen   Outside the USA 18 no current law no current law

What Does The Age of Consent Mean?
The age of consent is the age when the law says you can agree to have sex. In most countries it means until you reach this age you can not legally have sex with anyone, regardless of their age old. In the United States and Canada this is the same situation. Sometimes the law is different if you are female or male.

"Our Parents Say It's Okay and We Do it in Their House."
This may sound odd to some, but this is the case in some homes. However, this does not make any difference in the eyes of the law! Your parents don't make the laws of your state or province. The age of consent laws always apply, no judge will care if you're in love, or if you've been together for years, or you've had sex before.

Why Do We Have These Laws?
Although many young people are mature enough to know how to deal with the consequences of sex, some teens are not grown up enough to know that their actions have consequences. Age of consent laws are there to stop young people from being exploited by adults.

Is There an Age of Consent For Gay Men and Lesbians?
Yes. Some places have different ages of consent limits for homosexuals, and in other countries this sort of relationship is against the law. To find out about your area in the United States, check the consent chart.

What is Statutory Rape?
It’s a crime committed when an adult has sexual intercourse with a minor. Who is a minor? Anyone under the age of 18, (or 16; check this list and the current laws in your state.)

What can happen if an adult has sex with a minor? Even if he is your boyfriend? If reported, that person may be arrested, tried in a court of law, and sent to jail. What happens if the sex is consensual and one is a minor? Even if they both agree to have sex, it is still statutory rape.

Q. What can happen if an adult has sex with a minor? Even if he is your boyfriend and even if your parents allow it?

A. If reported, that person can be arrested, tried in a court of law, and sent to prison.

Q. What happens if the sex is consensual and one is a minor?

A. Even if they both agree to have sex, it is still statutory rape.

Q. What can happen if an adult has sex with a minor? Even if he is your boyfriend and even if your parents allow it?

A. If reported, that person may be arrested, tried in a court of law, and sent to prison.

Q. What happens if the sex is consensual and one is a minor?

A. Even if they both agree to have sex, it is still statutory rape. Don’t go to jail for not waiting to have sex. It’s not worth it. You do not want to go to prison I know its hard to wait, but wait. This is not something you want to have to explain one day while applying for a job.

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