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Ohio law does provide some relief for adolescents (individuals who are 10-15 years old) who engage in sexual activity with someone younger than themselves – under very limited circumstances.
For example, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 2907.02(A)(1)(b), sexual conduct with someone under the age of 13 qualifies as Rape, a felony of the first degree, punishable by a prison term of a minimum of three years and a maximum of life without parole.
This means that , children and adolescents under the age of 13 are not legally able to consent to sex.
Even if they say “yes,” this expression cannot be consent because does not count because the State feels they are too young to truly understand what they are consenting to.
The age of consent is typically depicted in movies and TV shows as 18 years old, meaning one must be at least 18 to “legally” engage in consensual sexual activity.
In Ohio, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor (someone younger than 18), even if the sex is consensual.
Those who break the law have committed statutory rape.
There is a popular belief that any sexual activity performed or received by a person under the age of 18 is “statutory rape.” Plenty young men and women have experienced the horror of becoming a registered sex offender as the result of law enforcement intervention in the consensual relationships of young adults.
There are many common misconceptions about the age of consent and statutory rape; we will explore the laws in their current version as they apply to the people of Ohio.
First, a few definitions: Sexual Conduct: "Sexual conduct" means vaginal intercourse between a male and female; anal intercourse, fellatio, and cunnilingus between persons regardless of sex; and, without privilege to do so, the insertion, however slight, of any part of the body or any instrument, apparatus, or other object into the vaginal or anal opening of another.