When people are under the age of 18, I don't believe they think too logically. I really think changing this law would be terrible. Of course, my heart does go out to those who are lied to as well. It would be terrible to think you're having sex with a consenting adult, and then find out you aren't. However, I do not believe that this law should be changed. It was put forth for a reason.
Many young people are sexually active by the age of 16. It is clear that sexual maturation begins many years before that, and there is ample evidence that evolution has designed mankind so that sexual desire begins well before the age of 18. Furthermore, in many other industrialized nations the age of consent is in fact already 16.
Today teenagers are making the decision to become sexually active at a younger age than ever before. I believe that the age of consent should be updated for a few reasons. The biggest reason that I feel that the age of consent should be lowered is actually to protect people. In today's world a 19 year old male can be prosecuted for consensual sex with his 17 year old girl friend. I don't believe that it is fair to have a hard and fast rule. Each situation should be looked at and judged individually. I feel that angry parents push for the conviction of the partners of their daughters when the young man may have done nothing morally wrong.
The age of consent should be lowered to 16. No so long ago, it was common for people to get married and have children by the time they were in their late teens. I feel that parents should talk with their children and help them decide when the time is right for them to make important choices on their own, and when they do, we have no right to hold someone else responsible for that choice.
Children and teenagers grow up much faster nowadays than previous generations did. Even though they are not legally allowed to have sexual intercourse, drink and vote until the range of 18-21, many start having sex and alcohol much earlier than that. In cases of serious crimes, teenagers can be tried as adults. And, 18-21 year olds can serve and die for their country, but not be trusted with alcohol. If adult responsibilities are expected of them, they should have adult rights too. Many college campuses would be able to curtail and help underclassmen alcoholics, if the drinking age were lowered and binging was not so covert.
if this is the case and alcohol or drugs are involved the young adult is not in their right mind and never would have done it if they were sober.sometimes there is past abuse within the young adults life.all this should be considered when it comes to their charges.to many people lives are ruined for a big mistake that would never happen again.not to mention their families lives as well.
Society evolves, but the minds of most people are stale and unopened. Obviously, nature hath decided sexual maturity, not the laws of man. Most young adults start having sex by age 15 and are mature enough to understand the consequences.
Yes i do believe that there should be an age of consent around the mid-late teen ages. But it seems that teenagers are scared by this constant "age age age, know the laws know the laws!" crap, They should have sex when they are ready whether it be 14 or 25, But also if they are around 14-16 it should be with someone within 2 or 3 years of them around the same age. I only support age of consent laws to try to stop pedophiles. But other people/things such as parents, friends, schools, law enforcement, government (etc) Should lay off trying to dictate there lives and what they can and can't do as an almost fully developed teen/young adult. There is no way i can say this with out being sexist but i support women doing the same men in society but there should be different age of consent laws for males and females (I KNOW IT SOUNDS SEXIST) I'm not saying every female gets pregnant or is a victim of a pedophile but i don't see how there is a problem if say a 15/16 year old male had consensual and exciting sex with say a 30 year old female, Were as i would see it as taking advantage and unfair for say a 30 year old male to have sex with a 15 year old female, I would consider that a borderline pedophile!... As sexist as i hope i doesn't sound! I think the sexual consent age should be so teens can have sex but be protected from older males, (considering the age of full on puberty is 14 & allot feeling like they can handle sex at that age) The age of consent should be 14+ with a few restrictions: (gay male sex 16+ & females must be 16+ if a male is 18+) Q&A: Would it be legal for a male 14-17 to have sex with a female over 18: YES. Would it be legal for a female 14-17 to have sex with a male over 18: NO. Would it be legal for a male 14-17 to have sex with a male over 18: NO. Would it be legal for a female 14-17 to have sex with a female over 18: YES. Would it be legal for 2 or more males/females 14-17 to have sex: YES.
If a 15 year old is going to be held responsible for a crime as an adult then they should be held responsible for their body as well. 15 year old boys and girls know what they are doing when they decide to have sex. They need to be educated to handle the responsiblety of sex but having a law saying they are to young to know what they are saying yes to only creates problems for them and there partners.
A child, biologically, is someone who has not entered puberty. Once this occurs they, are a child no longer and have sexual desires and feelings, which they now possess the ability to act upon. And they do. The amount of kids having sex at a young age has increased, but it's estimated that %50 had had sex before leaving high school all the way back in the 1950's. Regardless of whether we think they should or shouldn't, the kids are having sex.
Don't forget all arguments made about the propriety of it are from the perspective of our own culture, and thus form our basis for judgement. There are other cultures in existence today with radically different standards. Take the Mangaia of Polynesia for example, who not only encourage and facilitate sexual activities among adolescents, at 13-14 they actually train them in sexual techniques for pleasing their partners (boys and girls receive this training). Teenagers are sexual beings, and funnily enough they are almost never asked about this issue. It's always older people debating what's best for them, and they rarely have an opportunity to weigh in with their own beliefs about who they should be allowed to engage in intercourse with.
Finally, to the pedophile argument: pedo=child, again, biologically, this is one who has not entered puberty. Being attracted to someone who is say, 15 years and has developed sexual characteristics is not the same thing as a pathological obsession with presexual humans. We trust teenagers to make a lot of mature decisions, and they tend to make the ones we don't trust them to a lot of the time anyway. When I was 14 years old, my school had educated me on all the risks associated with sex, pregnancy, all the known STI's, and the various methods of prevention available to me. It wasn't a very difficult decision to know whether I wanted to have sex with someone or not. It was instinctive, and easy. Yes, I find that person attractive, no I want nothing to do with that one. If we trust a teenager to drive a car, I think we can trust them to operate their own genitals.
The day you turn 18 does not automatically make you in any way smarter or more mature than the day before. I believe that the age if consent should be lowered as in this day and age, many of us have to deal with "adult" problems before the law accepts us as adults. By the age of 16, we are basically developed and know our bodies. Teens are not nearly as ignorant as adults and parents believe. We know that sex can result in pregnancy or cause us to contract a disease, and we know how to take precautions to avoid this. Why should I be denied an act at 17, but be allowed the day I turn 18 when my views and thoughts will not magically change on that day? If I am legally able to drive, then I have the right to do with my body as I please!
I think the age difference for the consent law in Mississippi should be higher. Its only a 2 year difference. I do not agree with that. Some people actually love each other and it is not fair they cannot be together without one of them going to jail even if the other person is over the age of consent. Change the age difference law!!
I've know 23 year olds who were far less mature than some 16 year olds. It should be up to the two people if they are both consenting-adult minded.
We need to stop putting people in prison because they had a consenting, mature sexual experience. They're not hurting anyone...It's time to evolve as a society. Rape is one thing but consensual sex is completely different.
17, 16 even 15 is already High School age and should be old enough to consent. So no need to put people in jail for having consensual sex at that age or with someone that age. No need to make having sex a crime at that age. And it is just an Age of Consent, which also means you don't have to consent if you don't want to. Just means you can with out it being a crime.
On the other hand laws regarding sexuality might be made.. But it is rather in a sence regarding education not just a collection of statements that "this thing done or not done then some sort of punishment follows)". Rather institutional professional education should direct attention of individuals with shaping envrionment rather then applying fearconditioning.
Reason: NOONE REALY LEAVES BY THESE LAWS, only it is used by cops to show they are needed and since unattractive people dont get attention (societal morals teach be with those u are attracted to.. Dont give yourself to anyone)... They might try to associate with less developed individuals, who perhaps have not yet taken up all these "morals".. These are also loner individuals so ... Things follow.
Of course everyone knows that humans development is not set by a magical age boundary, plus (wich is not known by many.. Is that time is impossible to measure realy). Of course the youngsters as babies are getting rubbed almost every day by their parents often as they wash their crotches.. And the baby cannot give consent.. Before the act.. Only after learning language. So the laws themselves are highly contradictory to other laws.
Also the reason was that undeveloped people have not yet discoevered oral or manual sexual stimulation being better then copulation, and they have however noticed that very small bodily undeveloped girls if get pregnant could result in the death of the girl having no options for abortion back then.
I have written other reasons and some more details about other connected things regarding sexuality, in a lengthy response to another comment (i cannot see this response of my yet, perhaps waiting for moderation?).
Thats it in a nutshell.
Whenever two people are ready to engage in sexual activities, they are ready, irrelevant to age. First, age is just a number, bodies grow differently for each individual.
If a person is old enough to have sex, then what is the problem?
I find it very difficult to find a person under the age of 12, who would be interested in that sort of a thing, however if there are some, then I don't see a problem.
If a person is a child, and is not sexually active in his or her mind, and is having a consent with be it a person of same age or either a person of 30 years old who are sexually active within their mindsets, then that would be rape regardless, as only one party is positive to follow up such a consent.
To put the story short, if two people want to be together, whether it is sexual or not, they chose to do so. Why stand in their way, and stop them from doing what two people want to be doing together, without harming anyone else(to an extent where age plays a part) by doing so. Even if that makes a 14 year old girl fall in love with a 20 year old guy, if they both want to do it, and they both understand what sex is through education that they have received on this part so far, then I see absolutely nothing wrong from stopping them in doing what they want to do.
Using "natural born rights" and "personal freedoms" as explanations for things are just limiting us. Rights don't give us power, they limit the power already have. To say we have the right to do one thing, but not to do another is ridiculous. If anything, we should do away with these laws. Considering that everyone is going to do as they please, regardless of what the law tells them to do. I feel that if you have a mature body, and a mature mind, then what you do with your body should be up to you. If you want to have and enjoy sex at the age you are, whatever that may be, then go for it.
The only activities that can justifiably be made illegal are those that directly violate someone's rights. If a young human wants to share erotic or romantic intimacy with someone, or dye their hair green and purple, or do cartwheels with daffodils stuck up their jackson, they are entitled to their rights to do it, regardless of whatever the taboos of the other primates around them. If an activity does not directly violate someone's rights there can be no justification for making it illegal. If an activity does directly violate another's rights there is no justification for not defending the one who is being unjustly oppressed.
Age of consent laws are the worst. Please abolish them. We don't need them. We live in the twenty first century. I am tired of those old laws that are archaic already. I believe the only exception should be when the offender, that is the person who is over the age of consent, is actually attacking the victim, the person under the age of consent; and so the if the affair or experience is without abuse and harm, I believe sexual activity is fine regardless of age. And I say lastly, but not objectively, that the person who goes outside the boundaries of assimilation will receive high and pleasing rewards on Earth and the epithet "wise" in the hereafter.
There is a reason that girls are able to have kids younger than 18. That's what biology intended. Many people are afraid to admit that they are attracted to a girl or boy under the age of 18 because they will be viewed as a pedophile. The thing is, if the individual is sexually mature, they are able to have sex, and should be allowed to. Turning 18 doesn't magically make it okay.
I'd say it could be lowered to a minimum of 14, at that age you're not stupid, you understand sex, also people of that age are already having sex, if two consenting 14 year old people want to have sex then I don't see the problem, no one is harmed, there is no use giving two kids a criminal record for enjoying themselves.
People might argue "But what about the underage pregnancy?", well first of all there are multiple forms of contraception that can be used before, during and after sex to prevent pregnancy, second, there are such things as terminations and abortions, not pleasant solutions, but can be used as a last resort, and finally if someone gets pregnant, it was their decision not to prevent it from happening.
Finally I don't understand what is so taboo about consensual sex between two people below the age of 18, this was happening for thousands of years before civilization with laws came about, teenagers bodies were saying "I want to have sex" and so they did and nothing bad came from it.
Let people do want the want to do, as long as they do not harm another person.
Sex is a natural urge of body like hunger and thirst. It should be seen as a biological process in its own scientific way rather than a perspective of Victorian rules and religions.Majority of youths in India are sexually starved. Their sexual starvation is not only a hindrance to them and their country's growth but also they will be forced to engage in rapes and other activities.Sex is a gift from nature, I wonder from where did we learn to look this natural phenomenon in a wrong perspective. Let Indians be free from sexual frustration.Nothing wrong in it.Though I'm not saying that we go and have sex with some random people or everybody we see. I'm confirming the proven point that once our youth are free from their sexual frustration then only they can concentrate on the other things which are productive for the nation's development. Sex is a major distraction of mind even to the sages and saints as per written in the Hindu scriptures.So it is clearly mentioned in history that one cannot concentrate on things if he or she is sexually starved or frustrated.They will only think about getting sex until it is out of their mind because sex is a natural process of body same as hunger,thirst and sleep.Kudos to the new Law.The next advantage of this law is that people will start getting aware of sexually transmitted diseases & their causes and learn to take necessary steps to prevent any kind of sexual diseases. By this way they wont be stupid even at the age of 16. For that Govt should include compulsory sexual education in syllabus and must take safety measures like condom promotion,so that our youth wont become dumb or sexually starved and may they get right education of sex. Let our country be free of rapes and murders. Make our youth productive by freeing their mind from sexual distraction.
A person should not go to jail for statutory rape of someone is one day younger than they are. That's absurd. The ages of consent should be graduated so for example 18 year olds could have sex with (we could pick different numbers these are examples) a 15 year old, but a 21 year old only an 18 year old.
One example: a 16-year-old "girl" who is very mature for her age, who knows what she is doing, who decides to begin a responsible sexual relationship, and who has an inalienable right to control her own body and do with it what she chooses, may well find find her peers quite immature (as well as clueless and unskilled) and find a 19 or 20-year-old "man" (or "woman") much more attractive. Nature has made her sexually mature--she may have started her period at 9 or 10--so biologically she is a woman. Emotional/psychological maturity is a very individual thing. Some fifteen year olds are more mature than other 20 year olds. It's a fact. Another example: a 15-year-old "boy" is raging with hormones and dying to have sex. Should he find a girl his age, quite possibly a virgin, and pressure her into a sexual relationship, and, having no clue what he is doing, possibly hurt her and likely give her little or no pleasure, or should he seek out a "woman", maybe 19 or 20, who knows what she is doing and is willing to show him the ropes? She could show him how to please a woman, how not to be insensitive and selfish, so that he then becomes a more responsible male member of society. It would be ridiculous to paint this as a situation where he is being victimized by her. He's so horny he can hardly stand it, desperate to have sex and thrilled to be with an older woman. And this woman should be labeled a sex offender? It's absurd. And to be clear, nothing would change if the "boy" in question was attracted to members of his own sex. People are so afraid of teen sexuality. What teens need is education. There should be comprehensive sex education, and it shouldn't just cover biology but also psychology, sociology and ethics. Young people should not be denied the basic right of control over their own bodies and sexuality. It must not be assumed that relationships that cross the "age of consent" line are immoral, exploitative or harmful to either party. I believe that the age of consent should be lowered to 16, possibly 15, with a 3-year age difference being absolutely permitted. Generally everything should be handled on a case-by-case basis. If both parties are perfectly happy with the situation it is not right for adults to try to tell them their relationship is a crime. What's important is that every young person be taught to know their rights and to stand up for them. If you raise your child well, raise her (or him) to respect herself and others, she will not end up in a relationship that is harmful to her, because she will not permit it. If you raise a strong, educated, confident, self-reliant girl (or boy), she will not let herself be pressured or bullied. The only way she'll end up in a non-consensual and therefore harmful sexual situation is out-and-out rape, and of course we all agree that is abhorrent. Bottom line: teenagers are human beings and have the same basic human rights as all human beings. Those rights must be respected.
I'm of the opinion that for people beneath the age of 20, sexual relations should be illegal if the age difference is greater than 2 years. And the absolute minimum age for consensual sex altogether should be 14.
As a teenager myself, I have always been of the thinking that the age of consent laws need revising. If not to lower them then at least to make them fair for both genders. There are several countries worldwide where if two 15 year old's had consensual sex, only the boy would be committing a crime. Pure and simple that is simply unfair.
But realistically the main thing that needs to change is that every case has to be viewed individually, because the variables involved will always have an affect on the situation.
We need to start taking personal responsibility in this country, and we can do this by teaching children responsibility from a young age. Telling a 17 year old that they are too stupid and immature to make decisions about their own bodies is outrageous. What is even more outrageous are the cases of people going to jail for decades over mostly innocent crimes related to statutory rape. Each one of you who voted no is partially responsible for this, and I wish you were all getting prison raped every time you break the speed limit.
Individuals graduate high school at the age of 18. The question is does high school provide any experiences for him/her before he/she goes on with the new society? As a teenager, one learned to make connections and build relationships with those who are around. They care less about the responsibilities and lack of self-discipline. There are few that step up the game and be more mature for themselves, but what about the majority? Most of the kids will have no knowledge or intent of growing up and be better. I've seen many cases when even an individual is 21 or older, he/she still makes careless mistakes that change their whole life. Everyone needs experiences before acts.
Teens are more grown and mature now and are expected to act like adults at a much younger age without any reward. But if given the right of concent at a younger age they should also be held responsible for their actions as an adult is
I believe the age of consent varies, and the current laws tend to be sexist. It doesn't make sense to assume that if an 16 year old girl has sex with her 18 year old boyfriend, there was a crime committed. Rape and child abuse are completely different issues than consensual sex between teenagers.
The age of consent in the United States varies from state to state. This means that if a 16-year old from Louisiana is visiting relatives in Georgia, and has consensual sex, no one knows quite what to do about it. If it happened in Louisiana, it would be legal. But in Georgia, the age of consent is 17. It would seem that if we do not allow our young people to vote until they are 18, we should keep that as the age when we consider children to have become mature enough to make good decisions. The age of consent in America varies from 14 to 18, from state to state. It seems that it would be legally helpful to standardize the age at 18, although it is highly doubtful whether that will have any impact on the actions of young people at all. It is also interesting to consider that the young couples who settled our western and midwestern states were frequently 13 or 14 years old. "Adulthood" is defined within the needs of such variables as life expectancy, the probability of women dying in childbirth, etc. Perhaps the government should get out of the sex business entirely.
I do not believe they should be allowed to make more decisions. Allowing minors to make more decisions only allows them to cut their parents and guardians out of their lives because they are not needed there anymore. By allowing this we are forcing minors to grow up too soon in a society that moves too fast.
The age of consent should not be changed as it will increase the chances of promiscuous behavior and increase the rate of teen pregnancy and early marriage, hurting educational and economic prospects of youngsters.
If anything, the age of consent should be raised. Every day there are more and more examples presented of individuals who are of consensual age, but have extremely poor judgement. This extremely poor judgement jeopardizes lives. Young persons have not proven that they deserve more responsibility. More hand holding? Yes.
There is no valid reason to make the age of consent any more lenient than it already is. The laws in most places is three years age difference (unless they are over eighteen). There is no good reason that someone over the age of 20 should be with anyone under 17. Children are already sexualized in so many ways- the last thing we need is older men legally being able to prey on these children. These laws are in place for a reason- children are naive and sick people take advantage of it.
Just because teens look like adults does not mean they have the maturity and emotional stability to decide to have sex. Teenage girls, in particular are more emotionally persuaded to become intimate by smooth talking older boys/men. They need to be protected until they are 18 years old and more capable of making that decision. In some states the age of consent is already 16, letting predators know that they can legally go after teens this age. Give them a couple more years protection from sexual predators; they have the rest of their lives to engage in consensual,adult relationships.
Each state is run quite differently, so there is no main consensus regarding "age of consent". Changing current laws wouldn't change someone wishes and they will do what they want no matter the law, in fact may even rebel if the law seems to strict.
The age of consent is in place to protect young people from those who might take advantage of them. Lowering that age would result in much more harm than good. A young person may have a body that has developed into that of an adult but their mind is still immature, and they need to be protected. There are way too many sick individuals in this world who take advantage of young people. Once they hit a certain age, we cannot protect them any more, unfortunately. Don't lower that age and make them even more vulnerable.
I think that when it comes to the age of consent it should be standard across all states to the age of 18 unless legally emancipated. The reason for this is that I don't think that persons under 18 should be allowed to wed or consent to relationships of a sexual nature. I think that in particular to consent to a relationship of a sexual nature before the age of 18 especially in women can be damaging since they have not developed biologically.
Children simply are not mature enough to be engaging in sexual practices at these times, because when they make mistakes they aren't paying for them their parents are. When they are out of the house they can go at it like rabbits, but while under the roof of a parent you should need their confirmation or denial before being allowed or prohibited from sexual encounters at a young age.
By lowering the age of consent to the age of thirteen, it would "stop the persecution of old men" as top barrister, lawyer Barbara Hewson suggested. But unlike her opinion that this would be a good thing, in reality she is encouraging paedophiles and perverts to abuse and groom children as young as thirteen. The disgusting suggestion makes me sick to think that an influential women wants to see these "old men" be let off with their perverted acts.
Teenagers don't need to be having sex. What they DO need is a comprehensive and fact-oriented (as opposed to moral- and political-oriented) sex education, understanding of the risks and benefits of different kinds of sexual behavior, and time to formulate their own ideas and thoughts about sex without the interference of other people's opinions.
Youth should be able to consent from 15-16 years BUT only with peers of a similar age. Age of consent is to protect youth from older adults who are sexual predators, who do not want a relationship or casual consensual sex, (which a youth could never consent to - there is no way they can understand the consequences of casual sex with a grown adult especially since the grown adult who does), but manipulates and abuses their position to gain sex when the individual would usually decline.
Nature did not intend us to live as long as we do now, nor did it allow individuals the time to groom youth who may not realize the consequences of their actions - but that said the mind is not fully developed til 25 - but I can not see anyone passing a law that 18-25 year olds cannot consent! Laws are to protect, nature is influenced by our environment which we are consistently having an impact on.
To be fair we really need to be asking how adults are in contact with youth under 17 in a sexual manner, what an adult could possible want from a youth as I doubt conversation or interests would be similar (and only wanting sex from a youth and not an equal adult is a power trip, abusing their maturity to manipulate), and why are they not going for people of a similar age - not reducing the age for the few accounts where a 16 year old is with an 18 year old when it would make it easier for the 30 something old to abuse their position of power and manipulate an easy mind in to consenting knowing they legally are allowed.
Legal sex should start with being a legal adult. If you're not old enough to buy a house or vote or get married or support a child or buy porn, you shouldn't be having sex. Your body is still going through puberty and sex isn't necessary in a relationship. You need to wait.
Legal consent ages should not be lowered for one reason only. Sexual predators. These are manipulators of the youth and pedophiles who should be punished by the full extent of these even if it means promiscuous teens have to wait to have sex with their peers. Nothing good comes from teen sex, especially these days. Regardless of the age of "sexual maturity" children age 15 to 17 should be protected from predators and so be it themselves.
I have read that the adult brain does not fully develop until the mid 20's. The act of sex is more than a one night stand. You are giving a piece of yourself to another person, a piece that you will never get back. Furthermore I believe that teens and even young adults are far too immature to understand the repercussions of sexual intercourse. After all isn't maturity or lack thereof the same argument for making the legal drinking age 21. I see in today's youth a complete lack of personal responsibility, maturity and self control. I was 25 and married when I first had sex I believe my life has been the better for it.
I think they should reach adulthood and have finished formal education and are fully developed sexually. When the boy or girl is still a teenager they are still developing hormonally, boys more than girls. The girls are more mature in most cases but it still takes two.
The same really with drinking; that usually leads up to sexual acts.
Though there is a current move to lower age of consent, this may be more indicative of social patterns rather than the under-aged progressing quicker. Our children are being exposed to more and losing their innocence earlier rather than developing quicker, with exception for physical traits advancing due to nutrition. The laws used to be set at 21 years old. Now adulthood is trickled in to the lives of our young, making confusing and more difficult for adolescents to navigate an already difficult stage. If the age is set at one year universally across the board, this would add more stability to adolescents as well as to family life in general. There is so instability in the family and society as it is, children have less protection from such instability than ever before, which the current laws that are lowering as we speak are contributing to such instability. As it is we worried about "teens" getting involved in dangerous behaviors before, now we worry about "tween" behavior due to part of permissiveness in parenting, society and legal definitions of what makes a child. Emerging neurological research is showing that those under 20 experience dramatic brain development that causes drastic change in thinking, emotional control, moral development, perception in social norms etc. . When encountering adult life choices and challenges, it is difficult to handle what life and society throws at them when thinking is in flux and so many pressures not encountered before assail them. We also have a society with "under-belly" organizations who want to sexualize children for their own uses that are dangerous and unproductive for even adults let along those under-aged. Other social movements in existence since the 1970's have been working toward increasing child independence from parents very similar to other liberation movements in society of the same period to break down the traditional family setting and usher in a more secularized society based on consensus of opinion rather than on the foundation on which this society was based. Child need more protection by parents, the family, religion, society and law to keep damaging influences from stealing away innocence too early and setting in motion regrettable life choices that will affect the child the rest of her life and possibly put an increased burden on society due to increased crime, costs in loss of health, mental health difficulties and losses in relationship stability in the future.
The age of consent often applies to older males and younger females, and there is no need to remove the much needed protection these laws provide. Young girls still need the guidance of adults in many areas, most especially whether or not to have sex with older guys.
The laws concerning the age of consent are already relatively lax in the United States, with some states being as low as fourteen years of age. Any lower and it would be a matter of the government whoring out its own children, which is truly disturbing. Teenagers already have poor sex education and legalizing sex for even younger kids would be a dreadful mistake.