By Monica SteinerContributing Author. In California, it is illegal for an adult someone 18 or older to have sex with a minor someone younger than 18even if the sex is consensual. Those who break the law have committed statutory rape.
In the State of California it is illegal for any minor to have sexual intercourse with another minor even when agreed to by both minors. It is illegal for boy minors and girl minors to engage in this conduct while either one of them is under the age of It can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.
Typically, teen years bring the first dating experiences. It is very common for teenagers to date, and these days, it is also common for that dating to lead to further experiences. However, sexual intercourse between teenagers is often not legal, and it could lead to serious legal consequences.
Young people in the US are being criminalised for having sex with one another. When I was 16, I told my therapist I was nervous about having sex with my year-old boyfriend. In response, because I was a minor, she told me she was going to report him to the authorities.
The age of consent is the age at which a young person can legally agree to sexual activity. Age of consent laws apply to all forms of sexual activity, ranging from kissing and fondling to sexual intercourse. The age of consent to sexual activity is 16 years.
By Peter FollowillContributing Author. The term sexting refers to the exchange of nude self-portraits typically taken with a smart phone camera via cell phone. Some states have enacted laws that specifically address sexting among teenagers, and typically provide for less harsh consequences than when the same behavior is committed by an adult.
When done in the wrong circumstances, it can land you in hot water. If a sexual or suggestive picture of an adult is shared among consenting adults in the State of California, that is perfectly legal. However, generally speaking, it is illegal to electronically share sexual images of a person, taken without their knowledge or consent.
Statutory rape is a strict liability crime, meaning that the consent of the younger person or mistake about their age is not a defense. For example, a state might set the age of consent at In these states, such as Texas, the age of consent is determined by age differentials between the two persons and limited by a minimum age.
The California Age of Consent is 18 years old. In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 17 or younger in California are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape.
A podcast about pregnancy and drug use, Native people and tribal sovereignty. The article focuses on a few young men who went to jail and wound up on sex offender registries ostensibly for having sex with their teenage girlfriends. While the young men were teenagers themselves, at 18 the law considered them adults whereas their girlfriends at 14 and 15 were under the legal age of consent. Not only did they spend time in jail and postpone any future plans, their names now sit on sex offender registries alongside those of serial rapist, child pornographers, and pedophiles.