What makes high school relationships less than straight forward is a concept known as “Age of Consent.” The age of consent is the age in which one can legally be consent to have sexual relations.
The age of consent in New York City is seventeen years old.
The act also includes higher mandatory prison sentences for those committing serious gun crimes.
Those convicted of using a gun while committing a violent crime such as attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping will be automatically sentenced to five years for a first offence and seven years for a second offence.
Previously, the Crown had to prove to a judge that those accused of gun crimes should be detained.
The new legislation now requires the accused to prove to a judge why they should be released from jail while awaiting trial.
The younger the victim is, the more severe the punishment.
Note that this mans if you are 13 years or younger, you cannot legally consent, regardless of whether the other person is the same age or not.
Many teenagers first become sexually active before the age of 17. If you are having sex at 15 or 16, are you breaking the law?
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.
In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity.
Individuals aged 15 or younger in Georgia are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape.