Age of Consent

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What should the age of consent be in the US

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  1. Nuc
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    Since so many of these topics deal with pedophila and underage sex I thought I would ask what people think age of consent should be.
     
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    The age of consent should be different for individuals. As-is, most states won't charge statutory rape if the 'victim' is at least 16...which is about right, on a case-by-case basis.
     
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    What do you mean by different for individuals?

    Seems like if there is no specific age people will not know whether or not the sex they have is legal.

    Maybe you mean 16 should be the age for everyone, but in certain cases it could be younger?
     
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    Different for individuals - as in:

    My neighbor's daughter - I don't care.

    My daughter - 42.
     
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    I don't have an opinion on age of consent. I believe that people should wait until marriage, but I don't believe in enforcing that through legal means. However, this does mean that I don't know of any age when I think people should be allowed to legally consent to having sex. I'm waiting until I get married, so age of consent doesn't concern me in the slightest.
     
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    That's not even close to what I mean. The consent rule shouldn't apply to every situation.

    We owe it to kids to protect them from themselves. A 15 year old girl doesn't have much mental capacity. Some 20-something girls are the same (see a certain said liberal young lady on this forum). Therefore, the average 15 year old girl should not be having sex, nor should the average Berkley student. Both aren't mature enough to handle the consequence. However, a 15 year old girl who is 80% 'finished' with her 50th partner shouldn't have the legal recourse to decide 'after the fact' she was 'violated'. So, the first guy who had sex with her? Likely could have been rape. The 49th boy she invited down to her room? Probably not.

    Situational.

    If you don't understand, just see GZ's reply ;) That works too.
     
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    So if you are a 19 year old boy how do you know who it's OK to have sex with? If the law is different for different girls?
     
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    16, if your parents physically take you in, and sign for birth control.
     
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    You won't. Just make good decisions.
     

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