Thank you for signing up. Sorry, it looks like an error occurred. France announced earlier this month it would make the age of sexual consent 15 after public outcry over two cases of sex involving year-old girls. The University of Melbourne's Jeremy Gans told SBS News there was "massive variation" in ages of consent around the world, while many countries do not even have an age of consent. Mr Gans said if " a country allows young children to marry, then they're not going to prosecute sex within that marriage". Age of sexual consent around the world.
Ages of consent in North America
Age of Consent by State
In the United States , the age of consent is the legal age at which a person is considered mature enough to consent to sex. However, the actual age is set by individual state laws. In some jurisdictions, this is true even if both partners are themselves younger than the age of consent and both parties could technically be prosecuted. The severity of the criminal charge e. Class A felony, Class B felony, misdemeanor, etc depends on the specific acts committed and the relative ages of the perpetrator and victim. The states laws do differ and the minimum age of consent in the United States is sixteen and the maximum is eighteen years old.
Statutory Rape: The Age of Consent
This section focuses on laws addressing sexual intercourse. As the first column in Table 1 shows, the age of consent varies by state. In the majority of states 34 , it is 16 years of age. In the remaining states, the age of consent is either 17 or 18 years old 6 and 11 states, respectively. A common misperception about statutory rape is that state codes define a single age at which an individual can legally consent to sex.
An individual who is 19 years old or older has sexual contact with someone who is younger than 16 but older than 12 has committed sexual abuse. Thus, if an adult has sex with a minor below the age of consent, the adult may be charged with statutory rape. In Arkansas, a person must be at least 16 years old in order to consent to sex. Additionally, a person under 17 can legally consent to sex with a person who is no more than 10 years older. The age of consent varies by state, with most states, including Connecticut, setting it at age