29-Jun-2010 Every parent knows the worry that comes when teenage children fall in love.
Intense emotions, raging hormones and the pressures of a highly promiscuous teen culture can push almost any child into early sexual involvement.
You can’t tell a young person’s age by just looking at them, so ask and, if in doubt, don’t!
If anyone finds out, the older person could be charged with rape - not be careful :) It is not illegal to go out regularly with someone, which is what dating is, regardless of the age difference.
What is illegal is if one is a minor/below the age of consent and there is intimacy. In most of Europe the age of consent is 16 and below 18 a minor.
What the situation is in the US seems to rather depend on the laws of the State in question.
At 15, intimacy would clearly be considered illegal.
However, consensual sex involving young people under 16 does happen and, if this is you, it might be a good idea to talk through your situation with a Galop caseworker or an LGBT youth worker.
If he was forty and you were ten it would be legal (but that is horrible Im not condoning that! If you two do have sex he will be done for statory rape and im sure you dont want that for boyfriend so just dont be tempted and you two will be fine :) It is not illegal to date. Here, if one of the people is 18 or older and the other is at least 4 years younger, it is illegal to have sex.
This means that any person 17 years old or younger in our state, unless legally married, is considered incapable of agreeing to sexual behavior and therefore any sexual behavior they are engaged in (heterosexual or homosexual) is illegal.
The relevant criminal charge in our state is felony Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, commonly known in other states as statutory rape.
Sadly, all it takes to turn a teenage romance into a nightmare that never ends is a single complaint to the police from an angry parent or a jilted boyfriend or girlfriend.
That’s why every parent of every Arizona teen must be certain they understand these rather complicated rules and ensure that their children understand and abide by them completely.
This is because the law judges that young people cannot make informed decisions about sex, both physically and emotionally, even if they are physically able to have sex.