Age law for dating
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.There are exceptions for young persons under 16 years of age who have consensual sexual activity with someone close in age.These exceptions make sure the law does not label consensual activities between young people as criminal offences.
Intense emotions, raging hormones and the pressures of a highly promiscuous teen culture can push almost any child into early sexual involvement.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.Actually, any voluntary sexual activity between two 16 year olds could put both of them on the sex offender registration list.
Such sexual activity is a crime for which both could be prosecuted, if there was mutual sexual conduct because the “age of consent” has not been reached.
Depending on what you are doing and who you are doing it with, sexual activity with a person under 18 years-old is illegal.