October 8, 2014

Age of Consent for the 50 States (make sure you get it right)


The following chart lists the unrestricted legal age of consent for
each of the 50 united states and Washington DC. This means that, at that age, an individual can have sex with whomever they wish as long as that person is consenting and they are the same age or older. To have sex with someone under the age of consent is a strict liability crime (in most states) known as statutory rape. It is often referred to by other names such as sexual assault, sexual misconduct with a child, etc. In addition to the age of consent, the chart also indicates whether or not there is an age-gap provision for the state.

Many states have age-gap provisions that legalize teen sexuality as long as they are within a certain age range. Other states have "affirmative defense" clauses. In all states, dating, hugging, holding hands and kissing are not illegal. In some states, fondling, groping through the clothes or other such things known as "3rd base" is illegal. 
 U.S. StateAge of ConsentAge Gap Provision*Mistake of Age Defense**

 New Hampshire16YesNo
 New Jersey16YesNo
 New Mexico17YesNo
 New York17NoYes
 North Carolina16YesNo
 North Dakota18NoNo

 Rhode Island16NoNo
 South Carolina16NoNo
 South Dakota16NoNo

 West Virginia16YesYes
* Note: Some state laws make the age gap less of a crime but still consider it criminal activity that can be prosecuted.;
where this is the case we have listed ‘No’.
** Note: In the absence of an affirmative or negative, we have presumed
the answer to be no. Also, some states only allow mistake of age above a certain
General age of consent information can be found at this location:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_consent. We are not a legal resource.

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