#1
How does the age of consent work? For example, here the age of consent is 16. Does this mean that 16 year olds can have sex with anyone they want without anyone getting in trouble? Or does it mean that they can legally have sex with anyone who is within their age group (5 years)?

My family was just informed that my 22 year old cousin may be going to prison for 6 months to 1 year for having sex with a minor. We do not know the age of the girl and my family keeps debating about it. Some are saying that my cousin is a super creep and is going to prison because he had sex with a minor below the age of consent (16). Others are saying that he is going to prison because a minor is a minor and even if he was 19 and the girl 17, he'd still get locked up. So let me ask again: How does the age of consent work?

Either way, my family is disgusted at my cousin. Mainly for being a weirdo and hooking up with a minor, but also for cheating on his long-term 25 year old girlfriend that has gotten really close to the family in the past few years. Right now we are seriously hoping that the girl was not under 16. I knew this guy was a creeper but never thought much of it. He once saw me with a girl my age and asked if I could introduce him to some of my other female friends. I thought he was just kidding...I guess not.

TL;DR My cousin is taking a seat right over there.
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HOr does it mean that they can legally have sex with anyone who is within their age group (5 years)?



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How does the age of consent work? For example, here the age of consent is 16. Does this mean that 16 year olds can have sex with anyone they want without anyone getting in trouble? Or does it mean that they can legally have sex with anyone who is within their age group (5 years)?


no, i'm 16 and i'm pretty sure if i had sex with a six year old i'd get in trouble.

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Basically even if the "adult" had only turned legal that day and their partner's 16th birthday was the next day, technically it would still be statutory rape and a criminal offence.


But if they were both cool with it I doubt very much any charges would have be pressed.

Therefore TS's cousins victim was definately not cool with it.
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In the Netherlands, if I'm not mistaking, it's only illegal when charges are pressed. If the girl in question went to the police more might've happened ..
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#10
it varies based on local jurisdiction, but if you are at or over the age of consent you can have sex with anyone else at or over the age of consent. in addition, there are laws in many places that allow people under the age of consent to have sex with people that are close to them in age, for example in my state the age of consent is 16 but people that are at least 13 can have sex with someone who is less than three years older than they are. Wikipedia has all the specific consent laws for different countries and states, so go there to read more on the specific laws in different areas.
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#11
In my state, if you're 16 you can have sex with 16 and 17 year olds only. Other than that it is considered statutory rape.
#12
As a senior in high school, I know plenty of 18 year olds doing their 17, even 16 year old girlfriends and it makes me think of them as a pedophile because they're an adult and their girl is a minor. But I'm probably just jealous that I can't get any.
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it varies based on local jurisdiction, but if you are at or over the age of consent you can have sex with anyone else at or over the age of consent. in addition, there are laws in many places that allow people under the age of consent to have sex with people that are close to them in age, for example in my state the age of consent is 16 but people that are at least 13 can have sex with someone who is less than three years older than they are. Wikipedia has all the specific consent laws for different countries and states, so go there to read more on the specific laws in different areas.


Thank you for the info. I just looked it up and chances are that my cousin hooked up with a 14 or 15 year old.
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TL;DR My cousin is taking a seat right over there.


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But if they were both cool with it I doubt very much any charges would have be pressed.

Therefore TS's cousins victim was definately not cool with it.


Oh yeah, if the age difference is that small a gap I doubt even the courts would bother with it. But it's still technically illegal.
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As a senior in high school, I know plenty of 18 year olds doing their 17, even 16 year old girlfriends and it makes me think of them as a pedophile because they're an adult and their girl is a minor. But I'm probably just jealous that I can't get any.

Meh, a year or two may seem like a lot now but in a few years that perception probably won't be that valid. I mean think about it, nothing strange about a 25 year old dating a 24-23 year old.
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#18
If you're over the age, you can have sex with anyone who is also over the age. You can't (at least in the eyes of the law) have sex with someone who is underage wether you are under or over the age.
#19
It depends where you live. I live in the UK and I'm pretty sure once your 16 you can do whoever you want (though not if it's like your teacher or something).
#21
The age of consent is 16, so they can sleep with anyone that is 16 or older, but not an adult. Then when your an adult you can bang any other adult you want. I think that's how it is.
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#24
I think my cousin skipped his court date or something. My house has been getting automated phone calls looking for him.
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I haven't seen a picture. Even if I did, it'd be kinda weird to comment on it >_>


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#32
Up here in the cold wastelands of Norway, the laws are something like this (I think):

AOC is 16 years. If you are over 16 years old, you can have sex with anyone over the AOC without being charged for paedophilia or whatever. However, if you are, say, 17 years old, and have sex with a 15-year old, you will in most cases not be punished for it, as there are only a couple of years between the two of you (as long as you're not forcing the other person to have sex with you ofc).
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#34
The exact laws differ in every country a lot. So it's a bit of a useless thread
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#35
Depends where you are,

In canada, with newly passed laws a few years ago, 18 is the age of consent, so at 18 you can have sex with a 110yr old man if you want, however there is also a 5 year grace period, so a 21yr old can have sex with a 16 year old actually.
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#36
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But if they were both cool with it I doubt very much any charges would have be pressed.

Therefore TS's cousins victim was definately not cool with it.



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#37
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TL;DR My cousin is taking a seat right over there.

Age of consent issues vary depending on area. For example, the age of consent in my state is 16. So a person can't be charged for statutory rape for having sex with a 16 or 17 year old, but they can be charged with endangering (the welfare of) a minor or committing lewd acts with a minor.

What is the specific charge?
#38
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How does the age of consent work? For example, here the age of consent is 16. Does this mean that 16 year olds can have sex with anyone they want without anyone getting in trouble? Or does it mean that they can legally have sex with anyone who is within their age group (5 years)?

My family was just informed that my 22 year old cousin may be going to prison for 6 months to 1 year for having sex with a minor. We do not know the age of the girl and my family keeps debating about it. Some are saying that my cousin is a super creep and is going to prison because he had sex with a minor below the age of consent (16). Others are saying that he is going to prison because a minor is a minor and even if he was 19 and the girl 17, he'd still get locked up. So let me ask again: How does the age of consent work?

Either way, my family is disgusted at my cousin. Mainly for being a weirdo and hooking up with a minor, but also for cheating on his long-term 25 year old girlfriend that has gotten really close to the family in the past few years. Right now we are seriously hoping that the girl was not under 16. I knew this guy was a creeper but never thought much of it. He once saw me with a girl my age and asked if I could introduce him to some of my other female friends. I thought he was just kidding...I guess not.

TL;DR My cousin is taking a seat right over there.


In Britain, age of consent means the age at which you can have sex with anyone else who is legally of age. So a 16 year old can sleep with a 56 year old. Gross, but legal.
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#39
Where i live age of consent is 18, but if your 16 or 17, you can have sex with someone up to age 23 i think.
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#40
The way I understand it is, an 18+ year old can tap a 16 year old and it's legal, but since the minor is still a minor, the parents can still press charges or whatever. So make good with the parents before you make good with the girl.
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