Teen dating violence laws

The age of consent -- the age at which a person can legally give consent to a sexual partner -- varies from 14 to 18. for an adult -- 18 or older -- to have sexual contact with someone younger than 16.

All states which place the age of consent younger than 16 years of age have provisions that differentiate between an adult sexual partner and a minor sexual partner. Some states consider the age difference between a teen and her sexual partner, both in determining whether a law has been broken and in determining how severe the charges should be.

Some states, including Michigan and Georgia, set a definite age of consent.One concern is the bill would align youths with the punishment levels for adults convicted of domestic violence.According to the bill, teens convicted would be guilty of a felony and serve a maximum of 10 years consecutive to any other charge.Do you know where to go for help if you suspect a teen is in an abusive relationship?KNOW MORE about the National Dating Abuse Helpline READ MORE about what you can do if you think you are in an abusive relationship SAY NO MORE to teen dating abuse Check out our Teen Dating Violence Booklet for teens, parents and anyone working or coming in contact with teens and/or their parents.