If it were a heterosexual relationship, it wouldn't be a problem. It is an affirmative defense to the prosecution that they are within 3 years of age. The following exhibit illustrates how the age of consent interacts with these three elements. One turned 20 the day we received our diplomas. Are you ready for the consequences of mistakes? My parents don't like it because of the age difference.
In the remaining two-thirds of the states, the statutes outline circumstances where statutory rape is a reportable offense regardless of the relationship between the victim and the defendant. Almost an adult is still legally a child. The likelihood of being reported for statutory rape which does not just include penetration of a 17 year old is small, but it is something to keep in mind. I really love and respect my parents for being so open about things and, most importantly, realistic. However, a sexual relationship, even if totally consensual is a crime. Within these states there is a wide continuum.
Now, I'm not going to list out every single sexual activity that you would be allowed to engage in. I am not your lawyer. Also, this guy is mature-he doesn't hang around with people his age or younger-all his friends are older which is maybe why I see him as older than he is. It should not be used as a substitute for professional legal advice. We are not sexual at all, but we do kiss and hold hands.
He's had a little more experience in life and will knoe how to treat his girl. Age of Consent, Example State Laws State Age of Consent Minimum Age: Victim Age Differential Minimum Age: Defendant A 18 -- -- -- B 16 -- 4 -- C 16 13 4 -- D 16 16 -- 18 State A has a single age of consent. My parents don't like it because of the age difference. Information provided on this site should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed attorney in your community. The grand jury no billed the young man, but he still had the stress of going through the legal process. My parents don't like it because of the age difference. So you and your partner are fine under the law to that extent.
It may be advisable to simply wait until you are 18 so you don't get caught in a quagmire of civil and criminal actions as witness or victim, respectively. For example, in some states the civil code and reporting requirements references specific sexual acts listed in the criminal code. She didn't want a relationship and just wanted to remain friends and nothing more. The juvenile law does not supercede the legal age of majority. Kissing counts as sexual contact. I could tell as she ignored me most of the time and seemed to distance herself from me. I am only licensed in Florida.
In the remaining states, the age of consent depends on one or more of the following factors: age differences between the partners, the age of the victim, and the age of the defendant. And the law will back them up. As such, the requirement to report statutory rape is generally dictated by states definition of child abuse which varies substantially by state. This is not always a straightforward exercise. Probably lose feelings for you and end up breaking up with you.
At the other end of the spectrum are states in which the definition of child abuse includes all statutory rape offenses; mandated reporters are required to notify the proper authorities of statutory rape regardless of the relationship between the victim and defendant. I'm just wondering if it is legal or not for us to be dating? Information not contained in these posts may create significant exceptions to the advice provided in any response. Frequently, the question does not include important facts that, if known, could significantly change the answer. A primary factor in determining whether statutory rape is child abuse is the relationship between the victim and the defendant. It wouldn't be illegal if the law wasn't bigoted. Do you think this would be a weird age gap or not? Seventeen-year-olds are generally anxious for their next birthday to arrive so that they can cease being legal minors and obtain the rights of adults at least 18 years old.
Where I am, it's legal to have sex when you're 16 so that wouldn't be an issue but you are only classed as an adult when you're 18 so I'm old enough to go into clubs and bars and drink alcohol but he isn't. The wide variation among states in terms of the relationship between the different criminal offenses and reporting requirements necessitates close examination of the individual state summaries. We are not sexual at all, but we do kiss and hold hands. More often, a states code will address legality of different sexual activities involving minors e. This information is general to anyone, and is not intended to be advice to anyone's specific situation. The age of majority is 18 in every state,but the age of consent varies from state to state.
You can care for someone, and also protect yourself from life changing, unanticipated negative consequences. Four years differen … ce in age is really nothing when you are older. Now is not that time. A 21 year old is an adult. Her parents support our relationship and are ok with us dating. See the Related Link below for more information.