Age of Consent & Sexual Abuse Laws Around the World

Welcome to This is a legal resource where you can find information about the Age of Consent across the United States, and around the world. The Age of Consent is the minimum wage at which a person is considered to be legally able to give consent to engage in sexual activities.

Engaging in sexual activities with an individual who is under the Age of Consent can result in prosecution for statutory rape. To learn more, choose your state or country from the map below, or learn about the highest and lowest ages of consent worldwide.

Age of Consent Map:

Must be married
< 13 years old
14 years old
15 years old
16 years old
17 years old
18 years old
> 19 years old

Ages of Consent in the United States Ages of Consent around the world

Age of Consent across the World

In the United States, the legal Age of Consent ranges state-by-state from 16 to 18 years old, with most states setting the age of consent at 16.

Internationally, the Age of Consent ranges from as high as 19-20 in some countries to as low as 11 or 12 in certain underdeveloped nations. Some countries, particularly in the Middle East, require marriage prior to intercourse but do not specify an age of consent.

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