This site uses cookies. By continuing, your consent is assumed. Learn more

120.9fm shares

Age limit for dating 18 and over

opinion
The age of consent is...

The age of consent is the age below which a minor is considered to be legally incompetent to consent to sexual acts. Consequently, an adult who engages in sexual activity with a minor younger than the age of consent cannot claim that the sexual activity was consensualand such sexual activity may be considered statutory rape.

The Age limit for dating 18 and over below the minimum age is regarded as the victim and their sex partner is regarded as the offender, unless both are underage.

The purpose of setting an age of consent is to protect an underage person from sexual advances. The term age of consent rarely appears in legal statutes. It has sometimes been used with other meanings, such as the age at which a person becomes competent to consent to marriage[2] but the meaning given above is the one now generally understood. It should not be confused with other laws regarding age minimums including, but not limited to, the age of majorityage of criminal responsibilityvoting agedrinking ageand driving age.

Age of consent laws vary widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, [1] though most jurisdictions set the age of consent in the range 14 to The laws may also vary by the type of sexual act, the gender of the participants or other considerations, such as involving a position of trust ; some jurisdictions may also make allowances for minors engaged in sexual acts with each other, rather than a single age.

Charges and penalties resulting from a breach of these laws Age limit for dating 18 and over range from a misdemeanorsuch as corruption of a minorto what is popularly called statutory rape. There are many "grey areas" in this area of law, some regarding unspecific and untried legislation, others brought about by debates regarding changing societal attitudes, and others due to conflicts between federal and state laws.

News feed