Can a 17 year old go to jail for dating a 13 year old

Find all the answers to your questions about stat rape and age of consent here! Illustration by Sarah Wintner Statutory rape is probably—no, definitely— the most controversial topic for you, our readers.

Not something super divisive like abortion or feminism, statutory rape. Love is love, but laws are laws and sketchy is sketchy. What is statutory rape? Statutory rape is sexual activity between two people in which one person is under the age of consenting to sexual activity in the first place. Well, rape is about consent. Okay, how do I find out what the age of consent is where I live. Well, in some states then technically both of you have broken the law.

But jaywalking is also against the law and people do that all the time. But one of the best ways to understand why statutory rape laws are in place is to look outside of how mature you think you are and think about things a little more generally.

For example, with age differences comes a power play. Statutory rape laws are generally far more concerned with the latter. Okay but what if the age difference is super tiny! Can he be charged with statutory rape? Romeo and Juliet laws. Sort of dramatic sounding, right? Basically, Romeo and Juliet laws reduce or terminate the penalty of statutory rape in cases in which the age difference between two sexually active and consenting partners—one above and one below the age of consent—is very minimal.

This means that some statutory rape laws exclude situations where the age difference fits a particular time frame, like if the older partner was less than three years older than you, or if you were over a certain age—say, 14—when you two had sex. Some even disregard cases in which the sexual relationship started before one of the partners was over the age of consent.

Other laws make statutory rape charges involving minor age differences less severe, but still pretty intense; some charge the older partner with a misdemeanor instead of a felony, others promise that their record will be erased after serving a certain amount of time in jail and there are even laws that require the older partner to register as a sex offender for a given period of time in leu of jail.

Again, these provisions are only applicable if the age difference between you and an older partner fits within a given time frame of whatever statutory rape laws apply to where you live. How ridiculous is that? Because like I said earlier the law also acknowledges power play.

A teacher or coach or another adult is in a position of authority and power over someone who is underage, period. If one of your underage friends is in a relationship with a teacher, please tell someone. Imagine if your little bro or sis was getting hit on by their teacher. Naw… What if my parents are okay with our relationship! Age is nothing but a number. Think of it this way: Imagine being 17 and dating someone six years younger than you.

A 23 year old would be out of college trying to live their life. As someone who is 23 right now, the idea of dating someone who is years-old makes my head spin. When I was 15 those were my biggest worries, on top of whether or not my crush noticed me and dealing with my parents.

But now, as a year-old? I was mature for my age as a teenager, people always thought I was older than I was. I know that it seems cool to be 16 and have someone in their mids or older take a liking to you. Do they just have a thing for underage girls? She was 15 when he was They got annulled a year later. Flash forward to when Kelly 35 and was allegedly caught on tape having sex with an underage girl.

Some dudes are just like that and you have to wonder why. I was talking to a friend of mine the other day who said that when she was in high school she had a year-old boyfriend. They should have been. But people my own age are so immature! Dealing with immature people as teenagers is just part of the journey, girl. Some people in those relationships really work out, though! Sure, but do we want Mary Kay Laterno scenarios to be the foundation for every successful teen relationship?

After serving jail time, they got married. Yeah…can we get a hell to the no? Do you think stat rape laws are too strict? Have you or a friend ever been in a regretful relationship with a much older person? Tell us in the comments? You can follow the author, Ashley Reese , on Twitter or Instagram.

Originally Answered: Can a year-old go out with a year-old girl? Two portions to the question: is it advisable, and is it legal? I know of a year-old currently dating a . Samuel Benda, now 21, was charged in with possession of child pornography for having a nude photo of his year-old high school girlfriend on his cellphone, taken on the night of their prom.

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