I want to know if just dating him is illegal or if my mom was just trying to scare me because she didn't like the other guy. Confused in Kansas feamle, age 21, USA Dear Confused in Kansas, Dating (without sex) is legal regardless of your age. Your mother might have been scaring you because she is alarmed that you show a pattern of dating children when you're supposed to be an adult.Dear Not Sure, Anyone can "be" with anyone else, regardless of age; it's a Constitutional right (known as "the right of the people peaceably to assemble") given to Americans in the First Amendment.Anyone can press charges against you for statutory rape in California, because she will still be younger than 18.If you are convicted, however, California law will count it as a misdemeanor, and not a felony, because you are less than three years older than she is. So the ‘age of consent’ is the age at which, legally, you’re deemed able to make the decision to say ‘yes’ to sex and to engage in sexual activity.In the UK, this is 16 – but you might feel ready earlier or later than that.
We're told he called Mariana the next day and they've been together ever since.I have read the penal codes and they are confusing so I thought I would ask you about it.Could you please tell me everything and maybe show me laws to give me a little more confidence? Dear Jeff, It seems arbitrary that sex with your girlfriend becomes illegal when you reach your eighteenth birthday, but it's true.This is just one reason why the law is confusing and hard to follow.Before you start having sex, it’s important you understand what giving (and getting) sexual consent means. According to the , it’s a criminal offence for any kind of sexual activity to take place between two people where one or both participants is under 16.