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Independence_Day
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I've got a question. So each state has an "age of consent," right? Like in Colorado it's 17, in Arizona it's 18, in Utah and Idaho it's 18, unless the parents give permission, then it's 16...like that.

So what exactly does that mean? The website I was reading up on the subject just said that the Age of Consent was the age you had to be to agree to sex. The problem is, they left a lot of loopholes that occurred to me as I was reading about virginity on this site. Is this age of consent law referring to just vaginal sex? Or is oral/anal/etc included as well?

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SailorTsukino
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I don't know about America but over here the age of consent for ANY type of sex oral, manual and intercourse is 17
That parents permission thing is a bit odd :S

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Namida
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Is Idaho the one where polygamy is legal? Perhaps that's Utah... Stupid little ozzy wouldn't know.
Anywho, NO sexual interaction is my interpritation, however it may only cover intercourse (allowing outercourse) but I doubt it since it's illegal for a 40 year old to fondle a 12 year old...

[ 07-08-2008, 09:48 AM: Message edited by: Namida ]

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orca
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Actually, parental consent isn't valid in the U.S. when it comes to age of consent. The law still sees it that if you are under a certain age and engage in sexual intercourse, regardless of if your parents or your partner's parents allow it, you or your partner could be arrested for it (depending on which one of you is under the age of consent). What you are thinking of is the age at which a person can get married. In some states, parents can give consent for two people to get married at a younger age than the state's requirement. That is different from the age of consent, though.

Age of consent is the age at which you can legally have sexual intercourse. In different places, sexual intercourse is defined in different ways, and in some places even kissing can land you in trouble. You'll have to view that place's age of consent laws to know for certain what is and isn't allowed.

(Also, polygamy (or rather polygyny, which is having more than one wife at a time, whereas polygamy is having more than one spouse at a time, regardless of sex) isn't legal anywhere in the U.S. There are certain groups which practice it, but they do so in secrecy and without the permission of the law.)

[ 07-08-2008, 09:53 PM: Message edited by: orca ]

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Namida
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That's a shame, i'm quite a fan of polygamy (all polygamy, which is what I meant) as long as everyone's in it for the right reason (love) and everyone's happy with the arrangement.

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Hollie5626
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Is it common for kids in America to actually be prosecuted for having consensual sex with each other? And what is the sentence usually? It just seems like, from what I read on Scarleteen, that age of consent is a lot more serious in America then it is in Australia. Apparentely we do have the same laws in Australia, but I don't think they're ever actually enforced. No one ever mentions them. I mean I was under age when I had sex for the first time but it was never an issue - no way was I going to be sent to jail or anything just for having sex with the boy I loved.
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lexie
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No, it is enforced the same way in Australia, if the authorities find out/its reported etc.
But realistically, when two consensual people have sex, while under the age of consent they aren't generally going to shout it from the rooftops.
I don't know about America, but if both are under the age of consent in Aust. then they generally won't do anything.

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orca
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Namida, perhaps you are thinking of polyamory and not polygamy? Polyamory is simply having a relationship with more than one person, while polygamy is being married to multiple people. There's absolutely nothing wrong with polyamory, so long as everyone involved is fully informed and does so willingly. The only problem I have with polygyny is that it seems like the women involved often don't have equal rights. So long as all partners involved are given equal rights, then I see nothing wrong with it.

If both people are under the age of consent, then usually neither will be punished (though that does depend on the specific laws for that area). In most places in the U.S., so long as the older partner is no more than a certain number of years older, then they won't be in trouble for it. Again, though, that also varies from place to place so it's always best to check that particular place's laws. The sentence for someone having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of consent will also vary depending on the locale and also on the judge (or whoever hands down the sentence).

You may also want to take a look at this site for age of consent in different countries and the different states in the U.S. Also, pay attention to the footnotes at the bottom of the page as they contain some additional important information.

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