Dating age limit laws
While not necessarily a part of dating, sexual contact can be one aspect of a relationship.The age of consent is the law that states individuals (both male and female) have to be a certain age before they can consent to any form of sexual contact.Legal statutes generally do not straightforwardly state any age of consent.Rather, a large body of laws make it illegal for people to engage in a variety of activities with other people who are below a variety of minimum ages.Activities so prohibited generally include any sexually motivated contact with the genitals of either person by the other, and may extend to related areas, such as exposure of genitals and lascivious talk.The minimum ages are called ages of consent because the basis of the laws is that the activity is deemed to require consent and a person below the given age is deemed psychologically incapable of granting such consent.If, however, the other party is four or more years older, they will likely be charged with statutory sexual assault.
If both people are 18 or older, then there is nothing to be concerned about because 18 generally is considered to be the age of an adult, legally speaking.
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