AGE OF CONSENT

Published March 29, 2012 by Tony

Ages of consent for sexual activity

The past year a friend told me about a strange adventure got during the summer, while on vacation. He is a pleasant man of about forty, separated by many years without offspring who likes to live alone and amuse himself, with no love affair always ready for adventure. That summer night he was in a nightclub with some friends, as usually he does for fun and to pull the birds, of course.
While he was at the bar a sexy girl approached him and asked if he wanted to dance and, laughing, if he then had offered her a drink. My friend obviously agreed, and later they sat down at a table and began to chat. He said something about himself as she said to be aged 23, single and always looking for new adventures and emotions. She seemed interested in him, confessing that elderly men even excited her. He, somewhat embarrassed, repeatedly pointed out the great difference in age and beyond a few dances and a chat, any other thing would have put him uncomfortable. She saddened replied that if he thought that way, would have to leave him, then going in search of another man, stronger and with not so many scruples. At that point, considering it just was her looking for that, he thought it would have been a shame to lose that opportunity and pass for the usual fruitless old man so, put aside any scruples and came into play. Shortly, he later took her to his home where they had sex for long time. Early in the morning, he got up while she still sleeping, her purse was open and upside down on the floor. He picked it up, among lipstick powder and brush her drive license too … just for curiosity he gave a look and as well as first and last name he also read her date of birth : May 18, 1993.  Fucking shit, she had lied because not 23 years old, but only 18!
With knit eyebrows he told me, see Tony, thank goodness she was in age at least, because at that point could be even younger and unwittingly I might have found in quite a mess.
I nodded, thinking that he really could have been found in big trouble, then laughing I added that if those event had happened in Tunisia, he still could be in trouble, anyhow. Mixed up he asked me why, and I said because in Tunisia the age of sexual consent even is 20 years old. I didn’t know this he replied, and we both smiled.

Well, since summer is coming and with it new love stories and accidental sex affairs will increase, wherever you are and whichever your sexual tendency is, it can be useful for you to give a look at the following map.
It contains information on the legal ages of consent for sexual activity in different countries around the world, and whereas it happens a chance encounter similar to the story I just have told, I advise you to check first the true date of birth of the new conquered person, before pulling down the underwear.

Country

Male-Female Sex

Male-Male Sex

Female-Female Sex

Afghanistan

18/Married

Illegal

Illegal

Albania

14

14

14

Algeria

16

Illegal

Legal

American Samoa

15?

15?

15?

Andorra

16

16

16

Angola

12/15

Illegal

Illegal

Antigua and Barbuda

16

16

16

Argentina

13/16

13/16

13/16

Armenia

16

16

16

Aruba

16

16

16

Australia

ACT

16

16

16

Australia

NSW & Norfolk Is.

16

16

16

Australia

NT

16

16

16

Australia

Queensland

16/18

18

16

Australia

SA

17

17

17

Australia

Tasmania

17

17

17

Australia

Victoria

16

16

16

Australia

WA

16

16

16

Austria

14/16

14/16

14/16

Azerbaijan

16

16

16

Bahamas

16

18

18

Bahrain

16 /Married

Legal

Legal

Bangladesh

?

Illegal

Illegal

Barbados

18 (but 16 if married)

Illegal

Illegal

Belarus

16/18

16

16

Belgium

16

16

16

Belize

16

Illegal

Legal

Bermuda

16

18

16

Benin

?

Legal

Legal

Bhutan

18

Illegal

Illegal

Bolivia

14f / 16m (must be married)

16

16

Bosnia

16

16

16

Botswana

16f / 14m

Illegal

Illegal

Brazil

14/18

14/18

14/18

Brunei

16/18

Illegal

Legal

Bulgaria

14

14

14

Burkina Faso

13

13

13

Burma/Myanmar

16/18

Illegal

Legal

Burundi

18

Illegal

Illegal

Cambodia (Kampuchea)

16

?

?

Cambodia

16

16

16

Cameroon

21 (but 18 if married)

Illegal

Illegal

Canada

16/18

18

16

Cape Verde

?

Legal

Legal

Cayman Islands

?

?

?

Central African Republic

?

Legal

Legal

Chad

?

21

21

Chile

14

18

18

China

14

14

14

China – Hong Kong

16

16

16

China – Macao

16/17

?

?

Colombia

14

14

14

Cook Islands

16

Illegal

16

Costa Rica

18

18

18

Cote D’Ivoire

15

15?

15?

Croatia

14

14

14

Cuba

16

16

16

Cyprus

13/17

17 (Illegal in north)

17

Czech Republic

15

15

15

Democratic Republic of Congo

?

Illegal

?

Denmark

15

15

15

Dominica

16

?

?

Dominican Republic

18

18

18

Dutch Antilles

16

16

16

Ecuador

14

14

14

Egypt

18

Illegal

18

El Salvador

18

?

?

Equatorial Guinea

?

?

?

Eritrea

18

Illegal

Illegal

Estonia

14

14

14

Ethiopia

15

Illegal

Illegal

Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

16

16

16

Faroe Islands

15

15

15

Fiji

16

16 (unofficial)

16

Finland

16

16

16

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

16

16

16

France

15

15

15

French Guiana

15

15

15

French Polynesia (Tahiti)

16

16

16

Gabon

18

18

18

Gambia

16

Illegal

?

Georgia (country)

16

16

16

Germany

14/16

14/16

14/16

Ghana

16

Illegal

Illegal

Gibraltar

16

18

16

Greece

15

15/17

15

Greenland

15

15

15

Grenada

17

Illegal

17

Guam

16

16

16

Guadelope

15

15

15

Guatemala

18

18

18

Guernsey

16

16

16

Guinea

15

Illegal

Illegal

Guyana

16

Illegal

16

Haiti

18

18

18

Honduras

14/17

14

14

Hungary

14

14

14

Iceland

15

15

15

India

14/16

18

18

Indonesia

16f/19m

18

18

Iran

Must be married

Illegal

Illegal

Iraq

18

?

?

Ireland

17

17

17

Isle of Man

16

16

16

Israel

14-16

14-16

14-16

Italy

18 (14 if both underage)

18 (14 if both underage)

18 (14 if both underage)

Jamaica

16

Illegal

16

Japan

13-18

13-18

13-18

Jersey

16

16

16

Jordan

16

16

16

Kazakhstan

18

?

?

Kenya

18

Illegal

18

Kuwait

Must be married?

Illegal

Illegal

Kyrgyzstan

?

?

?

Laos

15

?

?

Latvia

14/16

14/16

14/16

Lebanon

15/18/Married

Illegal

Illegal

Lesotho

?

?

?

Liberia

16

Illegal

Illegal

Liechtenstein

14

14

14

Lithuania

14

14

14

Luxembourg

16

16

16

Madagascar

21?

21

21

Mali

16

?

?

Malta

18

18

18

Malaysia

16/Married

Illegal

16

Marshall Islands

16

16

16

Martinique

15

15

15

Mauritius

15

Illegal

Illegal

Mexico

12-18

12-18

12-18

Moldova

14

14

14

Monaco

15

15

15

Mongolia

16

?

?

Montenegro

14

14

14

Morocco

15

Illegal

Illegal

Mozambique

?

Illegal

?

Namibia

16

Illegal

16

Nepal

16

?

?

Netherlands

16

16

16

Netherlands Antilles

16

16

16

New Caledonia

16

16

16

New Zealand

16

16

16

Nicaragua

?

?

?

Niger

?

21

21

Nigeria

13

Illegal

Illegal

North Korea

17

17 (unofficial)

17 (unofficial)

Norway

16

16

16

Oman

Must be married

Illegal

Illegal

Pakistan

Must be married

Illegal

Illegal

Panama

18

18

18

Papua New Guinea

16f/ 14m/ Illegal

Illegal

16

Paraquay

14/16

16

16

Peru

14

14

14

Philippines

18

18

18

Poland

15

15

15

Portugal

14/16

14/16

14/16

Puerto Rico

14

14

14

Qatar

Must be married

Illegal

Illegal

Reunion

16

16

16

Romania

15

15

15

Russia

16

16

16

Rwanda

18

18

18

San Marino

14/16

14/16

14/16

Saudi Arabia

Must be married

Illegal

Illegal

Senegal

?

Illegal

Illegal

Serbia

14

14

14

Singapore

16

Illegal

16

Slovakia

15

15

15

Slovenia

15

15

15

Somalia

?

Illegal

Illegal

South Africa

16

16

16

South Korea

13

13

13

Spain

13

13

13

Sri Lanka

16

Illegal

16

St. Kitts and Nevis

14/16

?

?

St. Lucia

16

16

16

St. Martin

?

?

?

Sudan

Must be married

Illegal

Illegal

Suriname

16

18

18

Sweden

15

15

15

Swaziland

18

Illegal

Illegal

Switzerland

16

16

16

Syria

13/15

Illegal

Illegal

Taiwan

16

16

16

Tajikistan

17

?

17

Tanzania

18

Illegal

Illegal

Thailand

18

18

18

Togo

14

Illegal

Illegal

Tonga

16/Illegal

Illegal

16

Trinidad & Tobago

16

Illegal

Illegal

Tunisia

20

Illegal

Illegal

Turkey

18

18

18

Turkmenistan

16

Illegal

16

Tuvalu

?

Illegal

?

Uganda

18

Illegal

18

Ukraine

16

16

16

United Arab Emirates

18/Married

Illegal

Illegal

United Kingdom

16

16

16

Uzbekistan

16

Illegal

16

Uruguay

15

15

15

Vanuatu

16

16

16

Vatican State

12

?

?

Venezuela

16

16

16

Vietnam

18

18

18

Western Samoa

16

Illegal

Illegal

Yemen

Must be married

Illegal

Illegal

Zambia

?

Illegal

?

Zimbabwe

12/16

Illegal

12/16

USA

Alabama

16

16

16

USA

Alaska

16

16

16

USA

Arizona

18

18

18

USA

Arkansas

14/16

14/16

14/16

USA

California

18

18

18

USA

Colorado

15/17

15/17

15/17

USA

Connecticut

16

16

16

USA

D.C.

16

16

16

USA

Delaware

16/18

16/18

16/18

USA

Florida

16/18

16/18

16/18

USA

Georgia

16

16

16

USA

Hawaii

16

16

16

USA

Idaho

18

18

18

USA

Illinois

17

17

17

USA

Indiana

14/16

14/16

14/16

USA

Iowa

14/16

14/16

14/16

USA

Kansas

16

16

16

USA

Kentucky

16

16

16

USA

Louisiana

17

17

17

USA

Maine

16

16

16

USA

Maryland

16

16

16

USA

Massachusetts

16

16

16

USA

Michigan

16

16

16

USA

Minnesota

16

16

16

USA

Mississippi

16

16

16

USA

Missouri

17

17

17

USA

Montana

16

16

16

USA

Nebraska

17

17

17

USA

Nevada

16

18

18

USA

New Hampshire

16

16

16

USA

New Jersey

16

16

16

USA

New Mexico

17

17

17

USA

New York

17

17

17

USA

North Carolina

16

16

16

USA

North Dakota

18

18

18

USA

Ohio

16

16

16

USA

Oklahoma

16

16

16

USA

Oregon

18

18

18

USA

Pennsylvania

16

16

16

USA

Rhode Island

16

16

16

USA

South Carolina

16

16

16

USA

South Dakota

16

16

16

USA

Tennessee

18

18

18

USA

Texas

17

17

17

USA

Utah

16/18

16/18

16/18

USA

Vermont

16

16

16

USA

Virginia

18

18

18

USA

Washington

16/18

16/18

16/18

USA

West Virginia

16

16

16

USA

Wisconsin

18

18

18

USA

Wyoming

16/18

16/18

16/18

USA

Travelling citizens

12/16

12/16

12/16

USA

Military personnel

16

Please note that in most cases law varies according to the age gap between partners or by some exception when the older partner is aged over 18/21 while the younger is under 16/18 and considered a victim  because with lack of maturity or capacity for sexual self-determination.
This table should only be used as general guide, consult for more data according to the country and the specific situation.

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One comment on “AGE OF CONSENT

  • The age of consent in Italy isn’t 18!
    The age of consent in Italy is 14 years, with a close-in-age exception that allows those aged 13 to engage in sexual activity with partners who are less than 3 years older (for example 13yo with 16yo). The age of consent rises to 16 if one of the participants has some kind of influence on the other (teacher, tutor, adoptive parent).

    http://isd.olografix.org/faq/cod_pen.htm#querela

    Read : “Articolo 609 quater atti sessuali con minorenne”.

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