This booklet provides information on what is meant by the age of consent to sexual activity and an overview of some of Canada’s laws on sexual assault, and other offences involving sexual exploitation. This is the age that criminal law recognizes the legal capacity of a young person to consent to sexual activity.Generally, it is legal to have sexual contact with someone who is 16 years or older if they agree to have sex with you. It is important to know that in some situations a person must be 18 years old to consent to sexual activity.Some of the poorest decisions that teenagers and individuals who are a bit older than their teen years make are in the area of sexual intercourse.In Arizona, failing to follow age of consent laws has criminal repercussions that not only destroy one’s reputation, but also their ability to secure employment and other necessities later in life. The term “age of consent” refers to the age that one needs to be in order to consent to sexual intercourse or any other sexual activity with another person.In an ironic twist, parents across the nation are fighting against the very laws that are designed to protect their children.
That means, for example, that teens as close as a 15 and a 17 year old or a 14 and 16 year old, depending on their birthdates, could be in violation of the law if their relationship becomes sexual in nature.“Just dating in and of itself isn’t illegal,” said Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander.The Forum News Service does not always report on the specifics of juvenile cases, but local law enforcement officials say it is a problem they see regularly.For so many, the whole world of teen dating can seem like a gray area of what is right, what is wrong and what is too young.Besides the rising of the sun and the ebbing of the tides, there is perhaps nothing more constant and recurring throughout the generations as young love.However, for some teenagers in Texas and nationwide, young love can land them a lengthy jail sentence, due to the sex crimes laws on the books.