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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 5 months ago

If the age of consent in your state is 16 can you be with anyone even if your parents don’t allow you to?

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  • John
    Lv 4
    5 months ago

    No. At sixteen you need to be legal guardian of yourself for that. Which most likely says you have left the nest.

    That simply means if your boyfriend and you have sex he may not be charged with statutory rape.

    But it also means he can be charged with real rape.

    The law is complex especially for children. It's usually better just to obey certain rules like having jobs finishing school and being adult than trying to bend or slip through or around the law.

  • 5 months ago

    No you can not.....

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Depends somewhat on the precise state laws, which is a lot more than what you stated. Generally think of it like this: Your parents have a responsibility to raise you in a good way. At 16, you are not likely mature enough to make all the right decisions. If you do not want your parents to continue to guide you, I'm sure they will be broken-hearted, but might be willing to turn you over to the state for the next couple of years. The state would probably put you in a group home or foster care where the rules would be even more strict.

  • Clive
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Yes. That is what the age of consent MEANS - once you're over that age, you can legally consent to sex with anyone else also over that age. So sex with them if you both want to have sex can't be rape. The law says you're old enough to make up your own mind.

    What the age of consent does is say that under that age, you cannot consent legally to sex, even if the reality is you have a mind of your own and you want to. So if someone older has sex with you and you're under the age of consent, they are guilty of statutory rape (or "sexual assault of a child" or whatever else your state's law calls it). That is to say, it's not real rape in the sense that you didn't want to have sex but the other person forced themselves on you, it's only rape because the statute law says you're too young to be able to consent.

    I know, it's weird, what the law is saying is that you have no brain about sex until one day, bing, you reach that birthday, and suddenly you can make up your own mind about having sex. We just have to draw a line somewhere to protect children from paedophiles and not even the different states can agree about where to draw that line!

    What your parents think is an entirely different question. About the most they can do is apply for a restraining order to keep the other person away from you.

    And what do you mean by "being with" someone? If you just like to be together and never do anything sexual, maybe you might call that dating, but friends do that too, so making any law about dating would really run into huge problems. I'm going to go out with my mother tomorrow to help her at her bank (I'm an accountant and she likes me along as sidekick so nobody will confuzzle her!), and we'll have lunch and do a bit of shopping. You could date someone and do all that. The only difference is WHY you're with them and how can anyone tell the difference unless they can read minds? So the law has nothing to say about dating, only about sex because that's something we can say did or didn't happen.

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  • 5 months ago

    No. While the law can't prosecute you or your partner, as a minor, you remain the responsibility of your parents. They can seek a legal restraining order against the partner to keep you apart.

    Edit: Clive is officially a clueless fool.

    • curtisports2
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      They absolutely do. They cannot push for criminal charges because there is no crime. But they have every right to intercede to prevent any contact between the two. It's you who does not understand the law.

  • steve
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    If the age of consent is 16 where you live and you are 16+ then you are free to go for it.

    However if you are still living at home and your parents don't approve then don't expect an easy life going forwards.

  • 5 months ago

    No. Your parents still have parental authority to decide who you can or cant associate with.

    It just means the other person cant be prosecuted for sex with a minor.. But there are ceetainly other charges that could apply. Corruption of a minor, interferring with parental authority. The minor can get charged with being an incorrigible minor.

    • Nekkid Truth!
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      "Even if your parents dont allow you to be"... Yes it IS asking about parents

  • Helen
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    16 is merely the legal age of consent.

    "Legally" your parents cannot stop you dating or having sex but you are still a child under their care so while you are dependent on them and still living under their roof then they enforce the rules.

    • Clive
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      This is a question about the age of consent. Parents have nothing to do with this.

  • Ann
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    If you don't need their permission. However, if you're 16 and with someone 20 or older, you need to make sure that he can't be charge with pedophilia first.

    • Sally5 months agoReport

      The most over-used word in the book. Pedophilia is a mental disorder and you can't be "charged" with it. Many pedophiles never act out on their urges. Also, a pedophile is someone who is sexual attracted to PRE-PUBERTY children! Please do not use words you do not know the meaning of.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    If what you want to do is physically possible, then the answer will ALWAYS be yes, you "can" do it. Whether or not you should, or can do so legally, are two completely different questions.

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