My friend is dating a minor
As someone who is 23 right now, the idea of dating someone who is 15-years-old makes my head spin.
Teenagers are livin’ their teenage lives, going to school, worrying about college apps, etc.
For example, with age differences comes a power play.
Come on, we all know that there’s a difference between a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old being in a relationship compared to a 14-year-old and a 30-year-old.
Love is love, but laws are laws and sketchy is sketchy.
When it comes to statutory rape, sometimes there’s a shade of gray that makes things complicated, but we’re going to try to keep it real. If you’re underage you can’t consent to having sex. It’s not necessarily the violent rape you’re probably thinking of, but it’s still a form of rape.
Well, I can assure you, we’re none of those things, but we are definitely young women who are trying to look out for y’all.
Other laws make statutory rape charges involving minor age differences less severe, but still pretty intense; some charge the older partner with a misdemeanor instead of a felony, others promise that their record will be erased after serving a certain amount of time in jail and there are even laws that require the older partner to register as a sex offender for a given period of time in leu of jail.
Again, these provisions are only applicable if the age difference between you and an older partner fits within a given time frame of whatever statutory rape laws apply to where you live.
Wait, so if I’m under the age of consent then what happens if I have consensual sex with someone else who is also under the age of consent?
Well, in some states then technically both of you have broken the law.