im gonna be turning 17 in 3 months if that makes a difference.
im 16 and my boyfriends 21 but he was 20 when we started dating.
A 16 year old may date anyone her parents give her permission to date.
They may hang out at the mall, go to a movie, go to a school event, have a picnic, etc. A chaste kiss on the cheek is even nicer But when you start talking about sexual contact (not limited to intercourse), that's a whole different story. The age of consent in Florida is 18, and Florida has publically stated their intention of being the toughest state in the union where it comes to sexual offenses with minors.
Federal law makes it criminal to engage in a sexual act with another person who is between the age of 12 and 16 if they are at least four years younger than you.
Each state takes a different approach as the age of consent has ranged from 10 to 18.
Other states imply a different method which, like the federal statute, takes into account the relative ages of both people.
There you can find that in the state of Georgia, "a person commits the offense of statutory rape when he or she engages in sexual intercourse with any person under the age of 16 years and is not his or her spouse." The law goes on to spell out that "if the victim is at least 14 but less than 16 years of age and the person convicted of statutory rape is 18 or younger and is no more than four years older than the victim, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor." This means that a 17-year-old convicted of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old in Georgia, would be guilty of a misdemeanor.
It is normal for older teens to be attracted to younger teens, but parents and teens should be aware of certain stipulations in the law.
It is the job of parents in this endeavor to be informed about laws that could affect the choices that they help their young people make to ensure that their first experiences with dating are positive and safe.
In general, minors are considered to be people who are under 18 years of age; at 18, people assume most adult legal rights except for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.