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Wyoming Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Along with 8 other U.S. states, Wyoming has established separate ages of consent for males and females. The age of consent in Wyoming is 16 for women and 18 for men. This is the age at which a young person may legally consent to sex with an adult. While the ... continue reading

Wisconsin Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

A recent case highlights the Wisconsin age of consent laws in the news. A lakeshore Marine recruiter was recently accused in a Manitowoc County courtroom of sexually assaulting three teens. The 29-year-old recruiter pled not guilty to 5 misdemeanor charges of fourth degree sexual assault. Since he’s innocent until proven ... continue reading

West Virginia Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

A unique feature of the West Virginia age of consent laws is that they provide separate ages of consent for heterosexual and homosexual acts. Virtually every other state provides for one age of consent for both, or ignores the age of consent for homosexual acts altogether. A number of other ... continue reading

Washington Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The age of consent is 16 in the state of Washington. This is the minimum age when a person of either sex may legally consent to sex with an adult, in most cases. It applies to both homosexual and heterosexual acts. When the older partner is in a position of ... continue reading

Virginia Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

There is no single age of consent in Virginia. Most of us think of the age of consent as a magical number at which a person is fully adult and may consent to sex with anyone. Only a few states, such as Utah and Massachusetts, have such a law. In ... continue reading

Vermont Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The age of consent under Vermont law is 16 years old. This is the minimum age at which someone in Vermont may legally consent to sex with another person aged 16 or older. Vermont is one of just a few states that truly have a single age for consent. The ... continue reading

Utah Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Utah is one of just 8 states in the U.S. that set different ages of consent for men and women. Other states with different ages of consent for men and women are Montana, Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Iowa, South Carolina and Wyoming.

The age of consent in Utah is 16 ... continue reading

Texas Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The age of consent in Texas is 17 years old; this is the age at which a man or woman may legally consent to heterosexual sex with an adult. Texas has no minimum age of consent for homosexual acts, because the law was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Tennessee Age of Consent

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Tennessee is one of the 27 U.S. states that doesn’t have a single age of consent. When most people say age of consent, they mean the age at which one can legally have sex. In Tennessee, the age of legal consent depends upon the age of the partner. An individual ... continue reading

South Dakota Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The age of consent for both men and women in South Dakota is 16 years old. This is the age at which a person may consent to heterosexual sex with an adult, under the law. There is currently no age of consent for homosexual acts in South Dakota because this ... continue reading

South Carolina Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

South Carolina is one of two states that share the youngest age of consent in the nation.

Under the South Carolina age of consent laws, a female must be 14 years old to consent to have sex with an adult. The age of consent for males is 16 years ... continue reading

Rhode Island Age of Consent

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Violations of the age of consent laws carry a wide range of penalties, from 18 months in New Mexico to a possible death sentence in Oklahoma. Rhode Island’s penalties of 5 years in state prison, are more moderate than most.

Statutory rape is also called third-degree sexual assault under ... continue reading

Pennsylvania Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

There is a lot of variation in the age of consent between states. Some states do not permit sexual consent by anyone under the age of 18, and others allow some sexual activity between peers as young as 13 years of age.

Under the Pennsylvania age of consent laws, ... continue reading

Oregon Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The age of consent for homosexual acts under in Oregon is the same as for heterosexual acts. It’s 18, for both men and women. This is the age at which a person can legally consent to sex with an adult.

While that seems like a simple answer, the reality ... continue reading

Oklahoma Age of Consent

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Oklahoma is nearly the only state where violations of the age of consent laws potentially carry the death penalty. The age of consent for sexual relations in Oklahoma is 16. This applies to both men and women. Many other states have set the age of consent at 16, including West ... continue reading

Ohio Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

In Ohio, the age of consent is 16 years old. This applies men and women in heterosexual relationships. There is no age of consent in Ohio for homosexual relationships.

As in many other states, the Ohio age of consent laws are complicated. The law recognizes that many adolescents voluntarily ... continue reading

North Dakota Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The age of consent for both homosexual and heterosexual sex acts in North Dakota is 18. This is the age when a person may legally consent to sex with an adult. It applies to both men and women.

The age of consent laws are quite complex in North Dakota. ... continue reading

North Carolina Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Under North Carolina law, the age of consent  is 16 for both men and women. This is the age at which a person may legally consent to sex with an adult. This covers heterosexual acts. The state doesn’t have a valid law that covers age of consent for homosexual acts. ... continue reading

New York Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The age of consent in New York is 17 for both men and women in heterosexual and homosexual relationships. This is the age at which a person can legally consent to have sex with an adult.

Under the complex New York age of consent laws, it is legal for ... continue reading

New Mexico Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The age of consent in New Mexico is 17 for heterosexual sex and 16 for homosexual sex acts. New Mexico is the only state in the union that sets a lower age for homosexual activity than heterosexual acts, perhaps reasoning that there is no risk of pregnancy.

Age of ... continue reading

New Jersey Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The age of consent in New Jersey, for men and women is 16. This applies both to heterosexual and homosexual relationships. This means that at 16, a person in New Jersey may legally agree to have sex with an adult, in most cases.

A different set of rules applies ... continue reading

New Hampshire Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

In New Hampshire, as in the majority of U.S. states, the age of consent for heterosexual activity is 16. For homosexual activity, the age of consent in New Hampshire is 18. This is the age at which a young person may legally consent to sex with an adult.

Under ... continue reading

Nevada Age of Consent

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The age of consent in Nevada for both men and women is 16 for heterosexual acts, and 18 for homosexual acts. Nevada is one of the few states with a valid separate statute giving a higher age of consent for homosexual activity. In most states in the union with such ... continue reading

Nebraska Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

In Nebraska, a person who is at least 17 years of age may consent to sex with an adult. As in other states, however, the age of consent is a complex concept in Nebraska.

Under the Nebraska age of consent laws, a person who is 16 usually can legally ... continue reading

Montana Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The age of consent in Montana for women is 16 for heterosexual acts, and 18 for homosexual acts. For men, the age of consent is 18, for both heterosexual and homosexual acts. There are 7 states besides Montana that have established different ages of consent for men and women. 

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Missouri Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Like many other states, the Missouri age of consent laws are complex. It’s difficult to write a single standard that protects young people from being sexually exploited by adults, yet still recognizes that many adolescents voluntarily have sexual relationships with their peers.

In general, under the Missouri age of ... continue reading

Mississippi Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

In Mississippi, the age of consent is 16. This is the age at which a man or woman in Mississippi may legally consent to sex with an adult, in most cases. The age of consent law covers heterosexual activity. Mississippi currently has no valid statute that addresses the age of ... continue reading

Minnesota Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

A number of states, including Minnesota, set the age of consent at 16. This is the age at which a man or woman may legally consent to sex, in most cases. It applies to heterosexual acts only. Along with many other states, the Minnesota age of consent laws for homosexual ... continue reading

Michigan Age of Consent Laws

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Michigan’s law setting the age of consent for homosexual acts has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme court, so there are currently no law in effect that specifically addresses that issue. The age of consent for heterosexual acts is 16. A majority of the U.S. states set the age of ... continue reading

Massachusetts Age of Consent

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Massachusetts is one of 8 states that have different ages of consent for men and women. The age of consent in Massachusetts is 16 for women and 18 for men. This is the age at which a person may consent to heterosexual sex with a partner over the age of ... continue reading