Donate Now
We've Moved! Check out our new boards.
  New Poll  
my profile | directory login | search | faq | forum home

  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» Scarleteen Boards: 2000 - 2014 (Archive) » SCARLETEEN CENTRAL » Sexual Ethics and Politics » loophole?

 - UBBFriend: Email this page to someone!    
Author Topic: loophole?
ax50607
Activist
Member # 27650

Icon 10 posted      Profile for ax50607     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I am 18 years old and my boyfriend is 17. We both reside in Virginia where the age of consent is 18, but I am currently off at college in North Carolina where the age of consent is only 16. Does that mean it is illegal for us to have sex in Virginia, but legal in NC? Or is it dependent upon our primary residence?

Thanks


Posts: 69 | From: NC, US | Registered: Feb 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
DarkChild717
Scarleteen Volunteer
Member # 139

Icon 10 posted      Profile for DarkChild717     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The thing you're facing there is you're crossing state lines. As such, the AOC is 18. So crossing state lines for the purpose to circumvent the AOC laws is illegal.
Posts: 2789 | From: The Evergreen State | Registered: Jun 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
ax50607
Activist
Member # 27650

Icon 10 posted      Profile for ax50607     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
So its dependent upon his primary residence then, correct?
Posts: 69 | From: NC, US | Registered: Feb 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Karybu
Scarleteen Volunteer
Member # 20094

Icon 10 posted      Profile for Karybu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Not quite. If you two were to have sex in Virginia, that would be illegal with the AOC laws there. But if he were to come visit you and you had sex in NC, it would still be illegal, because either one of you crossing state lines to have sex in a state with a lower age of consent is against the law, regardless of what the AOC is of the state you're having sex in. Make sense?

[This message has been edited by karybu (edited 02-23-2006).]


Posts: 5799 | From: Canada/Australia | Registered: Sep 2004  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
ax50607
Activist
Member # 27650

Icon 10 posted      Profile for ax50607     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
yea, that makes sense. does it make any difference that im over 18? or do the AOC laws imply that no one under the AOC can have sex at all?
Posts: 69 | From: NC, US | Registered: Feb 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
DarkChild717
Scarleteen Volunteer
Member # 139

Icon 10 posted      Profile for DarkChild717     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
You cannot legally have sex with anyone UNDER 18 if you are crossing state lines to do so. You cannot circumvent the AOC laws--there's a federal fix for that loophole.

Were talking about crossing state lines, which goes into the federal jurisdiction. So, ignore the state AOC laws for a bit, and realize that the AOC is 18. If your parnter is UNDER that, then it's illegal.


Posts: 2789 | From: The Evergreen State | Registered: Jun 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
ax50607
Activist
Member # 27650

Icon 10 posted      Profile for ax50607     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
alright i understand that now. but what if we were both 17? would that make a difference? this is just hypothetical, of course, but im curious.

and isnt it a bit odd that the legal age for marriage in some states is under the AOC? or is there some law that covers this issue?


Posts: 69 | From: NC, US | Registered: Feb 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
ax50607
Activist
Member # 27650

Icon 10 posted      Profile for ax50607     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
oh, and thank you for your replies.

Posts: 69 | From: NC, US | Registered: Feb 2006  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
DarkChild717
Scarleteen Volunteer
Member # 139

Icon 10 posted      Profile for DarkChild717     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The way the states work is there is a federal law, and then there are state laws. Which is why Oregon can have assisted suicide and why, say, Alabama does not.

Each state can make their own laws, as long as they conform in some way to the federal laws. Does that make sense?


Posts: 2789 | From: The Evergreen State | Registered: Jun 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
dailicious
Scarleteen Volunteer
Member # 22471

Icon 10 posted      Profile for dailicious     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Just to answer the other part of your question- if you were both under the AOC (ie, both 17) it would still be illegal for both of you and you could still both be labled as sexual offenders, so the punishment isn't quite as harsh as if one partner is over the AOC and the other under, but it is still illegal.
Posts: 3382 | From: Denver, Colorado | Registered: Mar 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
   

  New Poll   Close Topic   Feature Topic   Move Topic   Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
 - Printer-friendly view of this topic
Hop To:


Contact Us | Get the Whole Story! Go Home to SCARLETEEN: Sex Ed for the Real World | Privacy Statement

Copyright 1998, 2014 Heather Corinna/Scarleteen
Scarleteen.com: Providing comprehensive sex education online to teens and young adults worldwide since 1998

Information on this site is provided for educational purposes. It is not meant to and cannot substitute for advice or care provided by an in-person medical professional. The information contained herein is not meant to be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or for prescribing any medication. You should always consult your own healthcare provider if you have a health problem or medical condition.

Powered by UBB.classic™ 6.7.3