The age of consent isn’t 18 in every state, But it is in the stare I lived in at the time. That means technically I was raped the first time having sex, But there was no way I was raped. I was more than willing to have sex. 18 is too high of an age of consent. By 16, People are not as naive and know whether they consent to sexual activity. In addition, According to the definition of what its means to be a pedophile, It means to be sexually attracted to people 15 and younger. There should also be close in age laws so that 16 and 17 year olds are not thrown in jail for having sex with someone who is two years younger.
Jokes on you, It's already 16 where I live (Australia).
But I'm just saying, Australia doesn't really have any problems with that sort of thing that I hear about (like teen pregnancy and stuff) but that might just be the people that I know. If teens are educated enough about the subject and taught to make rational decisions, Usually they will, But whatever. Countries may differ I guess. Personally, I don't think it should be any lower than 15, Though. Anyone younger than that are usually really stupid when it comes to making decisions. There are already kids that get pregnant really young (around 13) and if the age of consent was 13 (for example) imagine how many pregnant 10 year olds would be walking around because the age of consent is so much closer to their age now (I don't know if that works, But it does in my brain so I hope it makes sense).
But, Again, I'm Australian so my opinion probably doesn't matter on this because it's not about my country, But that was my 2 cents anyway
Puberty normally takes place between 13 and 15. The argument that the brain is not developed is adversary research with zero basis in fact. Statiatory laws exist solely to make criminal cases. Nature made things a certain way. There is no reason to promote the law enforcement industry and ruin people.
There are some advantage that comes from lowering the age of consent.By lowering age of consent can also reduce teen pregnancy rate and prevent needless criminalize sex between two consenting teens.It's really that necessary to criminalize between two consenting minors at 13 having sex?Isn't that unfair and violate rights of minor?
I think it should because 18 is just too old now. These children are just to far advanced compared to even my generation and that was 20 years ago. I think the technology has pushed them so far ahead, information is just so readily at the grasp, its not fair to think 18 is fair.
By the time a person is 16 years old, they are well into physical sexual maturity, well past puberty. With proper sexual education there is no reason sexual activity could not be consented to. As a society we have decided that 16 is old enough to operate a vehicle, there is no reason they aren't also old enough to operate their own bodies.
The age of consensual sex should stay at 17 because 16 is just too young. The age of 16 is just as many girls and boys get more serious in their teenage relationships, but they also start to drive and have jobs. There is more responsibility at that age, and having consensual sex isn't one of them.
There is little reason to lower the age of consent. Science shows evidence that most individuals brains are still not fully developed and that protections of society are necessary for these still developing teenagers. The risk versus reward scenario for changing the status quo is out weighed by the danger of exposing still developing adolescents to the world of adults.
I do not think that the age of consent in the United States should be lowered to the age of 16. I think that the current age of 18 in the USA is fine and fair. Teenagers are way too immature these days to handle the consequences of something like sex. We do not need for adults to take advantage of them.