In Texas, you can legally consent to sexual intercourse when you become 17 years old. 10.“Minors’ Access to Contraceptive Services,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 11.“Emergency Contraception,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 12.“Emergency Room Requirements To Offer/Provide Sexual Assault Survivors with Emergency Contraception.” Henry J. A minor who is married can get a prescription for birth control without a parent’s permission. 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. 17 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. Pharmacist Provision of Emergency Contraception to Women Without a Doctor’s Prescription. Indecency with a Child is the Texas law that is commonly referred to as “Statutory Rape.” This is the basic age of consent law in Texas, placing the age for consent at 17 years old.A child under the age of 17 (so that is a 16 year old or below) cannot consent to any sexual acts with an adult, except under a few narrowly defined exceptions.Get familiar with these laws, so you and your partner know what is or isn’t legal in your state.
Indecency with a Child is also a lesser included offense of Sexual Assault of a Child, so if you could be charged with Sexual Assault of a Child, you could also be charged with Indecency with a Child.Indecency with a Child is defined in Chapter 21 of the Texas Penal Code at Section 21.11 as follows (the language in brackets will be added effective on September 1, 2017, pursuant to H. 1808, 85th Texas Legislature, Section 3): (a) A person commits an offense if, with a child younger than 17 years of age, [and regardless of whether the person knows the age of the child at the time of the offense,] whether the child is of the same or opposite sex, the person: (1) engages in sexual contact with the child or causes the child to engage in sexual contact; or (2) with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person: (A) exposes the person’s anus or any part of the person’s genitals, knowing the child is present; or (B) causes the child to expose the child’s anus or any part of the child’s genitals.Subsection (a)(1) describes the Indecency by Contact type of Indecency with a Child charge, and subsection (a)(2) describes the Indecency by Exposure type of Inecency with a Child charge.Interestingly, if you were to search the Penal Code for “legal age of consent” in Texas, you would not find it.Instead, you must look at the laws that prohibit sexual activity with a minor.