A law you're too young to understand.
age of consent
The age of consent is the age at which a person is deemed mentally fit to control their own sex lives.
Contrary to popular belief the age of consent is rarely 18, statistically speaking, except for people in a position of authority. (teachers, step moms and stepdads, babysitters etc). There is a difference between taboo law ("nothing under 18") and real law ("the age of consent is 16 in connecticut"). The reason they differ is because lawmakers are forced to do something that society isnt: be honest.
Also contrary to popular belief you do NOT have to be an adult to be arrested for statutory rape (sex with someone under the legal age).
The age of consent varies from state to state country to country. It's wise to consult an attorney if you are dating a minor and ask about local laws.
"B.T was a diagnosed as having clinical pedophilia at the age of 16. At 17 he slept with an 8 year old girl well under the legal age of consent and was charged with child rape."
The age of consent is the age determined by the state at which a person can legally have sexual intercourse. For someone above this age to have sexual relations with someone below is considered statuatory rape. Most countries set their age of consent between 16-18, but some in certain countries it is as low as 12, or as high as 25*
*Homosexuality is usually higher.
The age of consent in the United Kingdom is 16, save for northern Ireland, where it is 17.