In the United States, sexual relations with a minor is considered a criminal offence with changes ranging from misdemeanor to statutory rape.Since the age of consent restricts a minor from consenting, obtaining consent cannot be used as defense for sexual relations with a minor.The minimum age when a person is able to legally consent to sexual relations with another person is referred to as the “age of consent”.This should not be confused with marriageable age, voting age, drinking age, etc.The girl told officials the man handed her 18-year-old friend the business card while they were at the beach.It featured a picture of a younger woman sitting on the lap of an older man wearing a business suit.Below are some of the top questions on the subject answered by Legal Experts.
Grouping together 15-19-year-olds and their partners ages 20 and older may misrepresent the issue of adolescents bearing children with older men.
Once upon a time, a couple of decades ago or so, I was in one of those not unusual relationships between a sophomore girl and a senior boy.
In true high school style, we were fixed up by friends at the beginning of my sophomore year and had an on-again-off-again flirtation throughout the fall and winter (too much of which involved me watching from a distance as his relationship with a perky senior named Suzanne played out in the halls between classes).
While births to young mothers and older men raise social concerns, these births make up a small share of all teenage childbearing: Only 8% of all births to 15-19-year-olds are to unmarried minors with a partner five or more years older.
(Family Planning Perspectives,-66, 1997) Public attention has become focused on the role of "predatory"* adult men in teenage childbearing.