One family in Georgia experienced the importance of being careful of the law.Genarlow Wilson, 17, engaged in oral sex with a consenting 15-year-old girl and was convicted of aggravated child molestation.Dear Reader, We've received more questions about statutory rape concerning age-gap distinctions, so I'll try to answer what I didn't cover in the previous article on statutory rape. Dear Panel, If a minor has sex with a minor for example: a 17 year guy having sex with a 17 year old girl is that statutory rape since they are both of "legal" age to have sex? Ashley female, age 17, USA Dear Ashley, If both people having consensual sex are the same age, it's not statutory rape.Sexlaws.org/answer_board is a good place to find the age of consent for your state as well as answers to other questions about minor relationships.Visit law.cornell.edu/ to see minor laws specific to your state.Before his lawyers were finally able to get the Georgia Supreme Court to hear his case and rule that his 10-year sentence was cruel and unusual, this former scholarship student had spent two years in prison.
Dear Panel, My younger brother got involved in a serious relationship when he was 17. The relationship progressed and he (obviously) turned 18 and she 16. Scared Sister female, age 21, Texas, USA She or anyone else can press charges against him for statutory rape because the age of consent in Texas is 17.She carries a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in teaching.Having taught for six years, she now focuses on creative writing and specializes in legal and family articles.As long as there is no sexual contact, the teens are free to date platonically, although common sense should rule parents' judgment in this situation.Rarely does a 14-year-old have much in common with an 18- or a 19-year-old, and parents should ensure that their teen is not involved in such an imbalanced relationship.