State dating laws

All states set the age of consent from 14 to 18; in more than half of the states, the age is 16.Sexlaws.org/answer_board is a good place to find the age of consent for your state as well as answers to other questions about minor relationships.While this theoretically makes greater allowances for adolescents to engage in consensual, non-exploitative sexual relations, it is also more difficult to tell when sexual conduct is legal, and when it is not.In Washington, a minor as young as 11 can consent to sex with someone, as long as that person is 2 years older or less.As frightening as this time may be, it could also be a time of training and helping minors form healthy relationships.

However, this age of consent varies widely from state to state.While some may find it questionable that any 11-year-old is mature enough to give genuine consent to sex (which necessarily requires a certain level of emotional maturity, and a reasonable understanding of the possible consequences), Washington allows this legally.Beginning to date can be very challenging to tackle, not just for teenagers, but also for their parents.Each state takes a different approach as the age of consent has ranged from 10 to 18.Some states, such as California and New York, set an age at which all sexual intercourse is considered statutory rape.