Your 18-year-old son is dating a 16-year-old female classmate – no big deal, right?
Unfortunately, teens often face overwhelming obstacles to these basic legal protections, many of which are written into their states' laws.To call attention to this critical situation, Break the Cycle created the State Law Report Cards.She claimed it was rape, he claimed it was consensual, and a jury acquitted him of the charges.However, because of their age difference, the jury still found Dixon guilty of statutory rape and aggravated child molestation, and sentenced him to a mandatory 10 years in prison under Georgia law.No person eligible for such loan, or his spouse, is, by reason only of such minority, incompetent to acquire title to property by contract or to borrow thereon; and no instrument made in connection with acquiring title to real estate or making such loan shall be voidable on the grounds of minority of such person or his spouse.
Any person who has qualified under said acts or any regulations thereunder and has secured a loan and taken title to real property thereunder is capable of disposing of such property by deed or other conveyance, notwithstanding the fact that he or his spouse is a minor, and no such deed or other conveyance shall be voidable on the grounds of minority of such person or his spouse.
Break the Cycle believes teen victims of dating violence deserve the same legal protections that adult victims of domestic abuse receive.
Young victims should have access to the legal system and other sensitive services needed to ensure their safety.
The following chart contains seven categories of state law that affect a minor’s right to consent.
Further information on these issues can be obtained by clicking on the column headings.
With regard to sexual and reproductive health care, many states explicitly permit all or some minors to obtain contraceptive, prenatal and STI services without parental involvement.