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I was told that unless you are 15 in Texas that you cannot consent to sex, and if you have sex that it is statuatory rape. Is this true?

Thanks for your note to FEMINIST.COM. Each state has different laws about who can/can't have sex--similarly each state has slightly different laws regarding statuatory rape. For instance, I know that in Massachusetts it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to have sex--even if you are having sex with someone else also under the age of 18. This is just illegal sex--so whether or not it is consensual it is still illegal. However, in some states it isn't illegal for two people both under the age of 18 to have sex with each other.

Statuatory rape is something different--in most states it means that someone over the age of 18 had sex with someone under the age of 18. (In some states it's 17 and in others, I believe 16). To find out what the law is in Texas, I suggect that you call the District Attorney's office or perhaps an organization such as the National Organization for Women, which can investigate that for you. I hope that helps - good luck.


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