A: It's legal for anyone to "date" anyone else. The law is not concerned with dating, but is concerned with sex. The age of consent in Ohio is It is technically legal for a 22 year old to have a sexual relationship with a 17 year old; however, it still not a good idea. First, a 17 year old is still a minor.
Statutory Rape: A Guide to State Laws and Reporting Requirements | ASPE
By Deborah C. In most of the U. But it does depend on the state in which the underage sex occurred. Some, however, allow the defense only in limited circumstances. For more information about statutory rape, see our article on Statutory Rape. Some may even be telling the truth. But, does it even matter?
Statutory Rape: A Guide to State Laws and Reporting Requirements
If you're concerned about breaking laws on underage dating, the first thing to know is that no such laws exist. However, you should be aware of statutory rape laws if you're dating someone younger than the legal age of consent in your state. Such laws are there to punish adults who take sexual advantage of minors. If your date is below the legal age of consent, you could be charged with statutory rape, even if the sex is consensual.
The multi-phase, descriptive study will collect information about state laws, federal guidance to programs, and grantees and local offices practices. The findings will help HHS to determine if additional guidance is needed. This report is a compilation of state laws and reporting requirements.