A person who is caring for you or supervising you, like a teacher, youth worker or foster carer, can't have sex with you or sexually touch you or perform a sexual act in front of you, even if you agree, unless they are married to you.
However, it is not an offence if the person honestly believed you were 18 or older.
The Forum News Service does not always report on the specifics of juvenile cases, but local law enforcement officials say it is a problem they see regularly.
For so many, the whole world of teen dating can seem like a gray area of what is right, what is wrong and what is too young.
While the general age of consent is now set between 16 and 18 in all U. states, the age of consent has widely varied across the country in the past.
In 1880, the age of consent was set at 10 or 12 in most states, with the exception of Delaware where it was 7.
-- Two northwestern Minnesota teenagers from Becker County -- considered juveniles -- have recently been charged with felony crimes that not all teens or their parents even know about.
In some places, civil and criminal laws within the same state conflict with each other.
She claimed it was rape, he claimed it was consensual, and a jury acquitted him of the charges.
However, because of their age difference, the jury still found Dixon guilty of statutory rape and aggravated child molestation, and sentenced him to a mandatory 10 years in prison under Georgia law.
The law in Victoria sets clear age limits for when you can legally have sex. A person can be charged with a sexual offence if they perform a sexual act that breaks these age limits, even if the younger person agrees to it.
The age of consent for same-sex relationships is the same as it is for heterosexual relationships.