It is against the law to have sex (or any other sexual act) with a person under the age of 12, even if they said yes.If one of the people having sex is between the age of 12 and 15, the other can not be more than two years older than that person. A 15 yr old (still a minor) can have sex with a 17 yr old (an adult).For example, in Victoria, Australia, the age of consent is 16.The law says that the minimum age is 12 and that there is a two-year "close-in-age" exception.In many areas, there is a "close-in-age" part of the laws.This allows for people under of consent but above a certain age to have sex with people as long as there older partner is either less than a certain age or the difference in age is a certain number of years.Many areas have different ages for homosexual sex as well as anal sex.There are areas which also have different ages depending on if the person is male or female.
The laws in different areas range as low as 13 yrs old to 20 yrs.It is not rape if the person is over the age of consent. Often there are other laws you need to be aware of but in this case rape is not one of them.Dating should be fine, but realize in some places holding hands or kissing can be considered sexual activities.The age of consent may also vary if one of the people is in a position of authority over the other.For example, if the older person was a teacher of the "victim", the age may be higher than for other people, an example of this is Indiana where the age where a person can have sex is 16 except if the older partner is a teacher at the "victim's" high school, in which case the age limit is 18. The ages of consent in the countries of Central America range from 14 to 18. These laws are situational and are subject to interpretation.The laws are almost always affected by a nation's culture. European countries generally range from 14yrs to 16yrs.In the United States, the age varies from 16 to 18.If a person is caught having sex, or any other sexual act, with someone who is below the age of consent, the person may be punished as a sex offender.The violator may be sent to prison, or jail, or fined.