However, the age of consent is 18 years where the sexual activity "exploits" the young person when it involves prostitution, pornography or occurs in a relationship of authority, trust or dependency (e.g., with a teacher, coach or babysitter).
(Even Romeo would be labeled a sex offender today, as he was believed to be 16 and Juliet 13 when their relationship began.)Though the age of consent (i.e.
the age at which an individual can legally agree to have sex) varies from state to state – and often splits along gender lines – it is definitive in one aspect: it refers to sexual acts between heterosexuals. S., sex between homosexuals is either not addressed by existing laws or is considered a crime.
Recent changes in the laws governing consensual sex between minors or an adult 18 years of age and a minor 14-16 years of age have acknowledged that this intimacy is not the same as molestation.
, refers to the age at which a young person can legally consent to sexual activity.
All sexual activity without consent, regardless of age, is a criminal offence.