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Legal Age Of Sexual Consent - 3

This is not an official guide. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of any of the information contained herein. Please send me any corrections that are needed as well as the source or site where the corrections can be verified.

Argentina means that you can read the accompanying notes at the source site
14 / 18means that there is documentation to show that the age is 18, but also particular reasons for continuing to show 14 on the age chart, for instance, the sexual activity is legal at the lower age unless the younger person subsequently complains, or else, like in Canada, the age of consent for non-anal intercourse and for people in a position of non-authority over a person is 14. If there is anal intercourse involved, or if one is in aposition of authority, then it is 18.
16 means that there is documentation confirming that the age is the number shown in red
16 means that we do not have any documentation but that there are good reasons to believe this is the age
16? means this information is obtained through unofficial emails or other sources.
illegal means that this is illegal regardless of age
invalidated means that the law was struck down by a court of law, making the law "null and void". It does not mean that the law was removed from the books or repealed by the legislators of the state
repealed means that the law was removed and changed by the legislators of the state. It is the most unusual of the cases, because it is rare that any legislator wants to author a motion to remove a current law. Historically, state law books are ripe with old laws that have no meaning, but no one has the courage to open the motion to remove the law

Some Definitions:
Adolescence Adolescence starts with the beginning of physiologically normal puberty and it finishes when the identity and behavior of an adult are accepted. This period of development generally corresponds to the period going on the 10th to the 19th year. (Committee of the medicine of Adolescence).
Age of Consent The arbitrary age, assigned by legislators, that define the legal time at which a person may consent voluntarily to sexual activity with another person. The age shown in the chart is the age at which one person may legally consent to sexual intercourse with another person who is at least that age or older, provided that there are no ties between them (ie: one is not in a position of trust or responsibility over the other).
Intercourse Intercourse in the various laws is referred to many different things. One question we were asked often was "is oral sex considered the same as intercourse as it applies to age of consent issues". We have begun obtaining more definitions from the various states and have found that oral sex does in fact provide the same penalty.

Tennessee for instance, defines their law as "sexual penetration" of a minor. They define "Sexual penetration" [as] sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, anal intercourse, or any other intrusion, however slight, of any part of a person's body or of any object into the genital or anal openings of the victim's, the defendant's, or any other person's body, but emission of semen is not required.

This clearly means (at least in this example) that the age of consent laws do apply to oral sex as well.

Age Of Consent

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Countryworld M-F
USA Alabama 16 16 16
Alaska 16 16 16
Arizona 18 18 18
Arkansas 16 16 16
California 16/18 16/18 16/18
Colorado 15 15 15
Connecticut 15/16/18 18? 18?
D.C. 16 legal legal
Delaware 16/18 repealed repealed
Florida 16/18/24 18 18
Georgia 16/17 16/17 16/17
Hawaii 14 ? ?
Idaho 16/18 16/18 16/18
Illinois 16/18 18? 18?
Indiana 16 18 18
Iowa 14/16 repealed repealed
Kansas 16 16 16
Kentucky 16 16 16
Louisiana 17 appealed appealed
Maine 16 16 16
Maryland 16 invalidated invalidated
Massachusetts 16/18 16 16
Michigan 16/18 16/18 16/18
Minnesota 16 16 16
Mississippi 16 16/18 16/18
Missouri 14/17 14/17 14/17
Montana 16/18 18 18
Nebraska 16 16 16
Nevada 16 18 18
New Hampshire 16/18 18 18
New Jersey 16/18 16/18 16/18
New Mexico 13/17 13 13
New York 17 18 18
North Carolina 16 16 16
North Dakota 18 repealed repealed
Ohio 14/16 14/16 14/16
Oklahoma 16/18 16/18 16/18
Oregon 18 18 18
Pennsylvania 14/16 14/16 14/16
Rhode Island 16 repealed repealed
South Carolina 14/16 14/16 14/16
South Dakota 16 repealed repealed
Tennessee 18 invalidated invalidated
Texas 17 17 17
Utah 14/16/18 18 18
Vermont 16 repealed repealed
Virginia 15/18 18 18
Washington 18 18 18
West Virginia 16 18? 18?
Wisconsin 18 18 18
Wyoming 16/18 repealed repealed
Military 16 ? ?
Traveling Citizens 18

Vatican City if married illegal illegal
Venezuela 16 16 16
Vietnam 18 ? ?
Vojvodina 14 18 14
Zambia 16

Zimbabwe 12/16 illegal illegal
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