Dating age limit laws
If a person is caught having sex, or any other sexual act, with someone who is below the age of consent, the person may be punished as a sex offender.
The violator may be sent to prison, or jail, or fined.
The age of consent may also vary if one of the people is in a position of authority over the other.
For example, if the older person was a teacher of the "victim", the age may be higher than for other people, an example of this is Indiana where the age where a person can have sex is 16 except if the older partner is a teacher at the "victim's" high school, in which case the age limit is 18.
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In many areas, there is a "close-in-age" part of the laws.
This allows for people under of consent but above a certain age to have sex with people as long as there older partner is either less than a certain age or the difference in age is a certain number of years.
The laws in different areas range as low as 13 yrs old to 20 yrs.For example, when Russia was a part of the Soviet Union, its age of consent was having reached "sexual maturity".There are exceptions to age of sexual consent laws.This is also the minimum age of the other person legally permitted to engage in sexual activity.Having sex with a person who is younger than the age of consent (but who agrees to have sex) is called statutory rape.