State laws also use a variety of terms when referring to sexual acts (e.g., sexual intercourse, sexual penetration, sexual contact, indecent contact), and definitions of these terms are not always consistent across states. The descriptions of the offenses in each state summary use the specific terms of the laws, and the summaries include footnote definitions of those terms whenever the laws provide for them. In the United States, the age of consent is the legal age at which a person is considered mature enough to consent to sexual intercourse. However, the actual age is determined by the laws of each state. Sexual relations with a person under the legal age of consent of the State are considered legal rape, since rape is generally defined as one sex without the consent of the other and any person under the age of consent does not have the opportunity to consent in the eyes of the law. This is true in some jurisdictions, even though both partners themselves are younger than the age of consent and both parties could technically be sued. To varying degrees, all state laws instruct journalists hired for the reporting process.34 States generally require appointed rapporteurs to notify the relevant authorities within one to three days of a case of alleged abuse. Commissioned journalists can usually prepare an initial report orally and by telephone.35 About two-thirds of states require hired journalists to follow their first report with a more detailed written report.36 As of July 2019, 25 states and the District of Columbia have an almost timely waiver, 25 states do not. The permissible age difference is generally in the range of two to five years. Nevertheless, Utah`s age-related exceptions allow teens between the ages of 16 and 17 to consent to partners under the age of seven and to partners between the ages of seven and ten if the partner did not have reasonable knowledge of the minor`s age.
Reporting laws generally specify one or more bodies to which reports must be sent. In most states, appointed journalists can inform the state or regional authority (or their commissioner) responsible for social or social services, children and families, or child protection.37 In about two-thirds of states, mandated journalists have the option of informing law enforcement agencies or prosecutors instead of the child protection agency. It is also illegal to perform sexual acts with a person under the age of 18 in three different circumstances listed in RCW 9A.44.096. foster parents with their children in foster care; teachers and school administrative staff about their students (including, as interpreted by the Washington State Supreme Court, students up to the age of 21 ); The third group of circumstances requires that all of the following situations occur simultaneously: the senior is 60 months or older than the 16- or 17-year-old, the person is in a significant relationship according to RCW 9A.44.010, and that older person abuses the relationship to have sexual contact. The laws mentioned in this report generally come from two areas of state laws.  Few states allow mandated journalists to exercise their discretion to decide which cases to report. Consider the following three exceptions: According to the New York Times, “A variety of federal laws make it illegal to get someone under the age of 18 to cross state borders to have sex for money or something of value.” It should also be noted that the age of consent in the state of Florida of Gaetz is 18 years. Gaetz has not been charged in this case at the time of this letter, and many details of the investigation are unknown. The age of consent in New Hampshire is 16. Sexual penetration with a person who is at least 13 years of age but under 16 years of age is still illegal, but is only an offence if the age difference is less than 4 years and, in this case, the “perpetrator” is not obliged to register as a sex offender. Sexual contact (without penetration) is legal between people between the ages of 13 and 15 and partners under the age of 5. However, if the partner acts “in loco parentis”, for example as a teacher or guardian, the minimum age is 18 years.
Nh Criminal Code Section 632-A:3 and Section 632-A:2 Section 632-A:4 It turned out that Georgia`s age of consent remained at 10 years until 1918, then increased to 14 years.    After the 1918 legislative amendments, Georgia still had the lowest age of consent in the country, as the other 47 states raised their age of consent to 16 or 18.  The age of consent in Georgia remained at 14 until 1995, when a bill proposed by Steve Langford was passed to make him 16.  This section summarizes some important provisions of state legal rape laws.9 Subsection 1 examines the legality of sexual activity with minors (e.g., age of consent). Subsection 2 briefly describes the variety of crimes described in state laws. The crime of “child abuse” makes it illegal for anyone to commit “an immoral or indecent act on or in the presence of or with a child under the age of 16 with the intention of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of the child or person,” as well as to electronically transmit any representation of such an act.  It provides for a minimum sentence of 5 years and a maximum of 20 years` imprisonment for a first-time offender, as well as mandatory counselling and guidelines for the conviction of sex offenders. For repeat offenders, the minimum of 10 years and the maximum is a life sentence.
This crime has the same age exception as the legal rape mentioned above if the victim is 14 or 15 years old and the actor is 18 years old or younger and under 4 years old. Other States require multidisciplinary teams to assume responsibility for the investigation process. The District of Columbia Code requires that all investigations into child sexual abuse be conducted by a multidisciplinary team that must include at least one representative from law enforcement, social services, child advocacy, and city and state prosecutors. Other individuals eligible for inclusion in multidisciplinary teams include public school representatives, psychiatrists and mental and physical health practitioners, child development specialists, and victim counsellors. The teams` efforts are governed by a written protocol outlining investigative responsibilities, prosecution procedures, treatment options, and services for victims and accused. Most often, however, all acts are illegal (with the same age requirements), but the severity of the punishment depends on the type of sexual activity. In Kentucky, for example, sexual activity with children under the age of 12 is illegal, regardless of the age of the accused. If the activities result in sexual interference, the defendant is guilty of first-degree sexual abuse (a Class D crime); If it is sexual intercourse, the defendant is guilty of first-degree rape (a Class A crime). As shown in the first column of Table 1, the age of consent varies by state. In most states (34), he is 16 years old. In the other States, the age of consent is 17 or 18 years (6 and 11 States, respectively). State law states (saying nothing) that minors between the ages of 13 and 15 can generally enter into consensual sex with a person up to four years older.
Therefore, for example, it is legal for a 14-year-old man or woman to have consensual sex with a person until the age of 18. Several reported that immoral communication exists with a minor law and sets the age of consent at 18, as it is not possible to “communicate” with 16- and 17-year-olds about sexual activity. These reports are false. The Washington Court of Appeals, Division 1, ruled in State v. Danforth, 56 Wn. App. 133, 782 p.2d 1091 (1989) that such notice must be made for the purpose of committing an unlawful act under Chapter 9.68A of the RCW. Danforth`s conviction was overturned by this verdict. The Washington Supreme Court in State v.
McNallie, 120 Wn.2d 925, 846 P.2d 1358 (1993) reversed the scope of Danforth (but not the result; Danforth would still have had his conviction overturned under the McNallie standard) by applying the Communications Act to cover all sexual misconduct with a minor, not just those under Chapter 9.68A of the RCW, which deals primarily with illegal child pornography and prostitution. In State v. Luther, according to the Court of Appeal, concluded that “Parliament never intended for RCW to prohibit 9,68,090 communications about sexual conduct that would be lawful if conducted, and this conclusion renders unnecessary the examination of constitutional arguments based on due process.”  As mentioned above, most states do not have laws specifically using the term “legal rape”; only five of these include the offence of lawful rape.20 More often, state laws contain various offences relating to the wilful sexual activities of minors.