We’re not in a sexual relationship and both have agreed to wait until I turn 18 to decide if we will have a sexual relationship or not. But the problem is we want to be boyfriend and girlfriend.
I know the law and I know this is probably frowned upon.
But I just don’t know how to deal with my feelings for him. Generally there are no specific laws saying who you can date and who you can’t date.
It is not a crime for youth under 16 to engage in sexual activity, she points out.
"In fact, it's so much more technical than that it's hard for people to understand," Ms. Among the exemptions, sex between peers under 16 is okay, as long as neither is in a position of authority and they are 12 or older.
The age of majority (legal adulthood) remains at 18. When you are caught (notice I said when and not if) the 24 yr old will likely face serious rape charges. It also doesn't have to come from your/their parents catching you, it can come from the state pressing charges on him/her. As far as I know, what you've heard is just that a rumor (see how fast that one spread?
In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity.
Likewise, under a "close-in-age" provision, if a person under 16 (and 12 or older) has sex with someone less than five years older, they can be considered to have consented unless the older person is in a position of authority.