The purpose of our state’s tough sex offense statues is to protect our children from sexual predators, and we can all support that intent.
We can be grateful also that these defenses were created by our legislators to spare young people in consensual, close-in-age relationships from being treated as predators under the law.
Teen Law School presents informative seminars for teens and parents on the local, state and federal laws that pertain to typical teenage behavior.
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When teenagers become sexually active, it brings to their lives a whole host of new complications and confusions.
While most high school students think of the emotional, social, and physical consequences of sex, few consider the legal gray area they might be entering.
Age of sexual consent is the age at which a state says a person can agree to engage in sexual activity.
Twenty-five states set the age of consent at 16, eight states set it at 17, and Arizona is one of seven states that set the age of consent at 18.
Certainly, anytime non- consensual sexual activity occurs, additional and extremely serious felony sex assault charges will be filed against the offending party. Let’s say an 18 boy meets a precocious girl who appears to be a “safe” 17 years of age. The girl tells her friend who tells her mother who calls the police because she knows the girl to be 15, not 17.
She claims she is 17, says she’s in the 11th grade in another school and looks every bit the part. That boy could well be charged because even though he was mistaken about her age, he should have made reasonable attempts to determine her age. Did he question her family or friends about her age?
Finally, and this is important, the state believes that under no circumstances can a child 14 or under consent to sexual activity.
Therefore, if anyone of any age, including another 14 year old, engages in sexual activity with someone 14 or younger, charges can be filed.
The emotional, psychological and social consequences of “too much/too soon” can be significant and long-term, the experts say.