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Ages of consent in the United States
The Kansas Age of Consent is 16 years old. In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 15 or younger in Kansas are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape. Kansas statutory rape law is violated when a person has consensual sexual intercourse with an individual under age No close in age exemptions exist, but punishment varies depending on age.
In the United States, age of consent laws regarding sexual activity are made at the state level. There are several federal statutes related to protecting minors from sexual predators, but laws regarding specific age requirements for sexual consent are left to individual states , District of Columbia , and territories. Depending on the jurisdiction, the legal age of consent ranges from age 16 to age In some places, civil and criminal laws within the same state conflict with each other. While the general age of consent is now set between 16 and 18 in all U. In , the age of consent was set at 10 or 12 in most states, with the exception of Delaware where it was 7. The final state to raise its age of general consent was Hawaii, which changed it from 14 to 16 in
Love may know no bounds, but laws are different. In Kansas, some sexual conduct is deemed a criminal offense. While there is no legal definition of dating, whenever two people engage in sexual conduct, criminal statutes can apply.
Ages of consent in North America
In North America, the legal age of consent relating to sexual activity varies by jurisdiction. The age of consent in Canada is As of August , each U. The age of consent in Mexico is complex.