On Wednesday, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled a 16-year-old girl is permitted to enter into a sexual relationship with an adult despite parental opposition. The justices based their ruling on a Massachusetts law that established the legal age of sexual consent as 16.
Is it illegal for a 16 to date 18 in Massachusetts?
In Massachusetts, the age of consent is 16 years old. This means minors aged 15 or younger in the state cannot legally consent to sexual activity. However, this only applies if the defendant had sexual intercourse with a virgin under 18 years of age, so this sex crime is rarely prosecuted.
Can a 16 year old be with someone over 18?
There arent any laws around being in a non-sexual relationship where one person is under 18 and the other over. Once you turn 16 its not illegal for someone to have sex with you no matter how old they are.