The age of consent in other states ranges from ages 14 to 18.Some states base the penalty for violations on the age of the offender, with older offenders receiving harsher penalties.
For instance, why should it be illegal to communicate with a seventeen year old about sex, when it is entirely legal to actually engage in sex with that same seventeen-year-old?
There are no great answers for this difference, but prosecutors and judges in different jurisdictions may view this law differently.
We want you to be informed because being a “minor” affects your right to information and services. Keep in mind that these laws may be different for you if you are legally considered an emancipated minor, pregnant minor, minor living apart or married minor. 16 In the eyes of the law, teenagers of certain ages cannot consent or agree to sex until they reach a specific age.
This is called the “age of consent.” These laws are meant to protect minors from being manipulated or forced into sex with older people.
By 1920 ages of consent generally rose to 16-18 and small adjustments to these laws occurred after 1920. From 2005 onwards states have started to enact Jessica's Law statutes, which provide for lengthy penalties (often a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and lifetime electronic monitoring) for the most aggravated forms of child sexual abuse (usually of a child under age 12). Louisiana, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the death penalty for rape of a child was unconstitutional.