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Tkdchick04
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Hi, i just need some adivce on my Boyfriend, he is 19 and i'm 15. If you were to of asked me a few months ago if I would ever go out with a 19 year old I would have said, I DON'T THINK SO! But when I meet this guy I like fell in love with him, as he did with me! I just wanted to know what you think about this age difference and what I should do, also when I see "Age of concent in Colorado" it says 15/17 and I don't understand what that means, so if you could also please explain that! Last question, A"ge of consent" - does that have to do with sexual intercourse, or does that also involve kissing, and oral, etc. Thanks!!
KC

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Lady Moonlight
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"Age of Consent" refers to the age at which a person is considered mature enough to consent to sexual activity. Depending on how your state legall defines "sexual activity," this almost certainly includes intercourse, anal sex, and oral sex, and may include various types of sexual touching or even heavy kissing.

Take a look at www.ageofconsent.com . The way I read the Colorado law (and I would add that I am NOT an attorney), age of consent is 15 if the older person is less than 10 years older than the younger person. The age of consent is 17 for persons more than 10 years older than the youngest participant. So you could legally consent to sexual activity with your boyfriend, because he is only 4 years older than you are.

I would suggest that you not rush things, though. 4 years is a big gap when you're a teenager, even if you do have a lot in common and feel strongly about one another. Take a look at some of the articles on this site that discuss relationships and sexual readiness. Maybe you could even read them with your boyfriend...you might both learn a lot!

Good luck in your new relationship.


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