Before you start having sex, it’s important you understand what giving (and getting) sexual consent means. According to the , it’s a criminal offence for any kind of sexual activity to take place between two people where one or both participants is under 16.The law applies to men, women, gay, lesbian or straight in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you’re in another part of the world, you should find out what the law in your country says – unfortunately, we’re not able to cover anywhere but the UK.Defense I: Romeo and Juliet Laws and Age Exceptions There are two defenses that your defense lawyer can use if you are involved in an issue regarding the age of consent.The first defense relates to Arizona’s Romeo and Juliet Laws, also known as the Age Difference Defense.The exact classification of the felony charge ultimately depends upon the victim’s age, as explained by Arizona Revised Statutes 13-1405.If you are found guilty, a class six felony, the crime can lead to one year in prison.In Pennsylvania, children less than 13 years of age cannot grant consent to sexual activity.Teens between the ages of 13 and 15 can consent to sexual activity with peers within a four-year age range.
Some of the poorest decisions that teenagers and individuals who are a bit older than their teen years make are in the area of sexual intercourse.
In Arizona, the age of consent is 18 years old, according to Arizona Revised Statutes 13-1405.
Under the statute, it is illegal to knowingly or intentionally engage in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person who is below the age of 18.
People aged 16 and older can legally consent to sexual activity with anyone they choose, as long as the other person does not have authority over them as defined in Pennsylvania’s institutional sexual assault statute.
So the ‘age of consent’ is the age at which, legally, you’re deemed able to make the decision to say ‘yes’ to sex and to engage in sexual activity.