The law exist because the Government doesn’t want any child above or even below the accepted age to be exploited by an adult.Many teenagers first become sexually active before the age of 17. If you are having sex at 15 or 16, are you breaking the law?The law in Victoria sets clear age limits for when you can legally have sex. A person can be charged with a sexual offence if they perform a sexual act that breaks these age limits, even if the younger person agrees to it.The age of consent for same-sex relationships is the same as it is for heterosexual relationships.Actually, any voluntary sexual activity between two 16 year olds could put both of them on the sex offender registration list.
While most high school students think of the emotional, social, and physical consequences of sex, few consider the legal gray area they might be entering.
This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice.
To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.
A person who is caring for you or supervising you, like a teacher, youth worker or foster carer, can't have sex with you or sexually touch you or perform a sexual act in front of you, even if you agree, unless they are married to you.
However, it is not an offence if the person honestly believed you were 18 or older.