Illinois Age of Consent & Sex Laws Illinois Age of Consent Laws 2017

What is the Illinois Age of Consent?

The Illinois Age of Consent is 17 years old. In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 16 or younger in Illinois are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape.

Illinois statutory rape law is violated when a person has consensual sexual intercourse with an individual under age 17. However, if the offender is in a position of authority or trust over the victim, the age of consent is raised to 18.

View list of sexual assault laws & punishments in Illinois

Illinois does not have a close-in-age exemption. Close in age exemptions, commonly known as "Romeo and Juliet laws", are put in place to prevent the prosecution of individuals who engage in consensual sexual activity when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both partners are below the age of consent.

Because there is no such "Romeo and Juliet law" in Illinois, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 17 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape, although this is rare. Similarly, no protections are reserved for sexual relations in which one participant is a 16 year old and the second is a 17 or 18 year old.


Age of Consent across the United States

The Age of Consent ranges state-by-state from 16 to 18 years old across the United States. Click the map to view any state's age of consent laws.

Age Of Consent:

16 years old
17 years old
18 years old

The age of consent in Illinois is based on the following statutes from the Illinois criminal code:

Illinois Age Of Consent Law:
720 ILCS 5/12-15) Sec. 12-15. Criminal sexual abuse. ...(c) The accused commits criminal sexual abuse if he or she commits an act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct with a victim who was at least 13 years of age but under 17 years of age and the accused was less than 5 years older than the victim.

Sec. 12-16. Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse. ...(d) The accused commits aggravated criminal sexual abuse if he or she commits an act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct with a victim who was at least 13 years of age but under 17 years of age and the accused was at least 5 years older than the victim.

Punishments for Violating the Age Of Consent in Illinois

Illinois has eight statutory sexual abuse charges on the books which are used to prosecute age of consent and child abuse related crimes within the state. One or more of these charges may be used to prosecute violations of the Illinois Age of Consent, as statutory rape or the Illinois equivalent of that charge.

The severity of the criminal charge (felony, misdemeanor, etc) depends on the specifics of the acts committed and the relative ages of the perpetrator and victim. Click any charge for more detailed information.

Criminal Charge Severity Punishment
Indecent solicitation of a child Class 1 felony; Class 2 felony; Class 3 felony; Class 4 felony 4-15 years in prison; 3-7 years in prison; 2-5 years in prison; 1-3 years in prison
Predatory criminal sexual assault of a child Class X felony 30-60 years in prison
Criminal Sexual abuse Class A misdemeanor Less than one year
Grooming Class 4 felony 1-3 years in prison
Indecent solicitation of an adult Class 1 felony; Class 2 felony; Class A misdemeanor; Class X felony 4-15 years in prison; 3-7 years in prison; Less than one year; 30-60 years in prison
Permitting sexual abuse of a child Class 1 felony 4-15 years in prison
Sexual exploitation of a child Class 4 felony; Class A misdemeanor 1-3 years in prison; Less than one year
Solicitation to meet a child Class 4 felony; Class A misdemeanor 1-3 years in prison; Less than one year

Back to list of state ages of consent View international ages of consent

** This Document Provided By AgeOfConsent.net **
Source: http://www.ageofconsent.net/states/illinois