Legal dating age law
Over 60 percent of the population lives in the states that set the age of consent at 16 or 17, regardless of how one counts Texas. The ages of consent throughout the country were apparently 10 or 12 throughout much of the 1800s; they then rose to 16 or 18 by 1920, according to Mary Odem’s “Delinquent Daughters: Protecting and Policing Adolescent Female Sexuality in the United States, 1885-1920,” and there have been minor fluctuations since then.
The last state to raise the age of consent from 14 to 16 was Hawaii, in 2001. sets the age of consent at 16, but as best I can tell excludes situations where the difference between the two parties’ ages is four years or less.
But the new law could protect an 18-year-old from adult felony charges if he has sex with a 15-year-old girlfriend, for instance.
So, if the law discovers an adult in a sexual relationship with someone under the age of consent, the adult will be charged with a sexual offence such as: The crime for those who have sex with a person under the age of consent, but who is past the age of puberty.
Public Law 216 creates a legal defense, nicknamed the "Romeo and Juliet defense," against charges of sexual misconduct with a minor. "The change in the law decriminalizes consensual sex among teenagers in a dating relationship if they are within four years age difference," said Larry Landis, executive director of the Indiana Public Defender Council.
The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council supported and helped write the new defense. Johnson said the change doesn't lower the age of consent.
As best I can tell, 30 states set the general age of consent at sixteen; 8 set it at seventeen; and 12 set it at eighteen (though it’s possible that the last there are actually 7 at seventeen and 13 at eighteen, because of an odd twist with Texas law).
The age-16 states tend to be smaller, so a little less than half the population lives in those 30 states.