The ages of consent in North America for sexual activity vary by jurisdiction. The below is a list of all jurisdictions in North America as listed in List of sovereign states and dependent territories in North America.
The ages of consent in the countries of Central America range from 14 to 18.
Some Romeo and Juliet laws (such as the law in Michigan and Florida) do not make it legal for a person below the age of consent to have sex with a slightly older person, but will merely exempt the older partner from sex offender registration.
Romeo and Juliet laws were passed in 2007 in Connecticut and Indiana. Limon case, Kansas's Romeo and Juliet law was found to be unconstitutional because it excluded same-sex sexual conduct.
shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 30 years; provided, however, that upon the conviction of the second offense under this subsection, the defendant shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than five nor more than 30 years. WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF A SEXUAL OFFENDER HAS AN INCORRECT ADDRESS? (c)(1) An individual who meets the requirement of paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of subsection (a) of this Code section shall be considered for release from registration requirements and from residency or employment restrictions.
Organized efforts have ranged from academic discussions to political petitions.
Age of consent reform is efforts to change age of consent laws.
Proposed reforms typically include raising, lowering, or abolishing the age of consent, applying (or not applying) close-in-age exemptions, changing penalties, or changing how cases are examined in court.
There have been many initiatives to raise the age of consent.
Gratian, a canon lawyer in the 12th century, stated that consent could not take place before 7 years of age.