age of consent

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Age of Consent

The age at which people can legally have sex (i.e., sexual activity is not prohibited by statute).

age of consent

The age at which a minor may legally engage in voluntary sexual intercourse or no longer requires parental consent for marriage. It varies among states but is usually between ages 13 and 18.
See also: age
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I can't believe that lowering the age of consent for sex is a topic up for debate on BBC radio tomorrow.
The legal age of consent for sex in Mississippi is 16 or 18 if the other person is in a position of authority or trust.
18 ( ANI ): The Union Cabinet on Monday approved the amendments to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 keeping the age of consent for sex to 18 instead of 16.
TEENAGERS will be asked what they think the age of consent for sex should be, it was announced yesterday.
But after a night together his lie is rumbled and Stacey (Lacey Turner) tells him she is just 15 - under the age of consent for sex.
16 ( ANI ): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Najma Heptullah on Saturday disapproved the Union Cabinet's move to lower the age of consent for sex from 18 to 16 years, saying this is not in consonance with the Indian system, society, culture and values.
But the ruling has effectively lowered the age of consent for sex with boys to just 14 years old.