What is the “age of sexual consent”?

The age of sexual consent is how old a person needs to be in order to be considered legally capable of consenting to sex. Adults (aged 18+) who have sex with someone younger than the age of consent face jail time and being registered as a sex offender, regardless of the gender of the two people or whether the younger person agreed to the behaviors. The age of consent is between 16 and 18 years old, depending on which state you live in.

In Rhode Island, the age to legally consent to sexual activity is 16.

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