Over 18 dating under 18 law
You can still find out about sex by exploring your own body and what works for you.
Learning how to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, will also help you become more confident when the time is right to have sex.
In countries like India, where the legal age for marriage is 18 for women and 21 for men, the person who was a minor at the time has to file a complaint to get the marriage annulled. In 2013, the country had an estimated 10m women aged 20-24 who had been married before they were 18, according to US Council on Foreign Relations.
According to the campaign, Girls Not Brides, one in three women in the developing world are said to be married before they turn 18.
The most common age of sexual consent is 16.1 The legal age for sex in your country may be different depending on whether you are a boy or a girl.
It could also vary if you are gay or lesbian - in many countries gay and lesbian sex is illegal.
You can find out the laws in your country on your government's website.
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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.
Unlike "forcible rape" statutory rape can involve underage participants who willingly agree to have sex.4 The term for an adult using their age or authority over a young prepubescent person to have any type of sexual contact.
Most countries around the world have laws that set a minimum age of marriage.
"However even if the law exists, there are a number of reasons why they may be undermined.