While the general age of consent is now set between 16 and 18 in all U. states, the age of consent has widely varied across the country in the past.
She claimed it was rape, he claimed it was consensual, and a jury acquitted him of the charges.
However, because of their age difference, the jury still found Dixon guilty of statutory rape and aggravated child molestation, and sentenced him to a mandatory 10 years in prison under Georgia law.
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, territories, and the District of Columbia.
See Emancipation of Minors and Parental Liability Basics for related information.
Minors may consent to any treatment if in military or 16 years old and living apart from parents.Depending on the jurisdiction, legal age of consent ranges from 16 to 18 years old.In some places, civil and criminal laws within the same state conflict with each other.Any minor petitioning a Texas court for emancipation -- that is, being declared an adult in the eyes of the law -- must be a Texas resident, 17 years old (or 16 and living apart from one's parents), and able to support and manage one's own affairs.The minor seeking emancipation will have to state the following in his or her petition: Consenting to Medical Treatment as a Minor Any minor who is either in the military or 16 years old and living apart from one's parents (and thus eligible for emancipation) may consent to medical treatment.However, all minors in Texas may consent to treatment pertaining to pregnancy, drug or alcohol abuse, or infectious diseases.