The age of consent in New York City is seventeen years old.
The law exist because the Government doesn’t want any child above or even below the accepted age to be exploited by an adult.
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While most high school students think of the emotional, social, and physical consequences of sex, few consider the legal gray area they might be entering.
What makes high school relationships less than straight forward is a concept known as “Age of Consent.” The age of consent is the age in which one can legally be consent to have sexual relations.
However, it is not an offence if the person honestly believed that you were 16 or if there was less than a two-year age difference between you. For example, if a person is 17 and has sex with someone who is 15, it is not a crime.
The age of consent for same-sex relationships is the same as it is for heterosexual relationships.
If you are under 12, a person can't have sex with you or touch you sexually or perform a sexual act in front of you, even if you agree.
And then there’s also the concern about one’s looks.
The law in Victoria sets clear age limits for when you can legally have sex. A person can be charged with a sexual offence if they perform a sexual act that breaks these age limits, even if the younger person agrees to it.
In our hearts, if not in our heads, we’re convinced that love will always trump practical concerns such as money, social class, race and even gender. And what about age as it relates to older women involved with younger men?