The age of consent in South Dakota is 16 and there is no exception to the age of majority, although sentences are reduced if the offender is less than three years after the victim or under 18. The age of consent in Texas is 17 in terms of sexual activity only. [127] The age of consent is gender-neutral and applies to both heterosexual and homosexual conduct, regardless of age difference. [ref. needed] If the victim is under the age of 17 (subject to a three-year exception for the age of majority), the sexual conduct of minors (without proof of incitement) may also be prosecuted under section 21.11 of title 5. [202] Sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 14 is considered aggravated sexual assault under paragraph 22.021a. B). [203] [204] [205] [206] The age of consent in Kentucky is 18. Consensual sex with people who are at least 16 but not yet 18 is only allowed if the actor is less than 10 years older than the younger party. Section 510.020 of the Revised Statutes of Kentucky (KRS) considers that a person is incapable of consenting if he or she is under 16 years of age or 16 or 17 years of age and the other party is at least 10 years older.

[171] (Prior to July 2018, consensual sexual intercourse with someone 16 years of age or older was permitted, regardless of age difference.) However, regardless of the age of consent, for the purposes of child prostitution offenses in Colorado, a « child » means a person under the age of eighteen. S.C.R. 18-7-401(2). A reasonable age error or similarity in old age is not a defense against these crimes. S.C.R. 18-7-407. All child prostitution offences are third-class offences (first-class offences are capital offences, second-class offences include second-degree murder). Thus, while it is not a crime for a 17-year-old to have non-commercial sex with a 60-year-old in Colorado, it is a felony punishable by four to twelve years in prison if an 18-year-old performs a sexual act or presents himself in a « place of prostitution » with the intention of doing so. for money or other things of value with a seventeen-year-old with the reasonable assumption that the minor was under eighteen. S.C.R. 18-7-406.

The same conduct committed with an eighteen-year-old child and without the belief that the prostitute was under eighteen years of age would be an offence. S.C.R. 18-7-205. Persons under the age of eighteen are also children for the crime of provoking or coercing someone to have sexual intercourse or sexual acts with another person to satisfy the voyeur, or exposing themselves to another for the sexual gratification of the voyeur, C.R.S. 18-3-404(1.5), and the crime of child trafficking, S.C.R. 18-3-502. In June 2005, a bill was submitted to the General Assembly of Georgia to raise the age of consent from 16 to 18 years. [149] [150] The age of consent in Wyoming is 17. [ref. needed] In many states, people under the age of 18 have the legal right to access many reproductive health services without the consent of a parent or guardian. Fewer states allow a minor to perform an abortion without the consent of a parent or guardian.

It turned out that the age of consent in Georgia remained at 10 until 1918, when it was raised to 14. [151] [152] [153] After the 1918 legislative amendments, Georgia still had the lowest age of consent in the country, as the other 47 states had raised the age of consent to 16 or 18. [104] The age of consent in Georgia remained at 14 until 1995, when a bill proposed by Steve Langford was passed to make 16 the age of consent. [107] Ohio`s rape law is violated when a person has consensual sex with a person they are not married to until age 16. There is an age-related exemption that allows minors aged 13 and over to consent to a partner under the age of 18. A common misconception about legal rape is that state codes define a single age at which a person can legally consent to sex. Only 12 states have a uniform age of consent, below which a person cannot consent to sexual intercourse under any circumstances, and above which it is legal to have sexual intercourse with another person beyond the age of consent. In Massachusetts, for example, the age of consent is 16. Several pointed out that there is immoral communication with a minor law and that the age of consent is set at 18 because it is not possible for 16- and 17-year-olds to « communicate » about sexual activity.