BY ANAILI MEDINA — High school: a place to meet people? High school students usually span from ages fourteen to eighteen. Or get into relationships that last, end, or get you in jail?However, does a senior in high school feel like an adult?
A person who is caring for you or supervising you, like a teacher, youth worker or foster carer, can't have sex with you or sexually touch you or perform a sexual act in front of you, even if you agree, unless they are married to you.
However, it is not an offence if the person honestly believed you were 18 or older.
However, it is not an offence if the person honestly believed that you were 16 or if there was less than a two-year age difference between you. For example, if a person is 17 and has sex with someone who is 15, it is not a crime.
But if the person was 18, it is a crime unless the person believed the person was 16.
The law in Victoria sets clear age limits for when you can legally have sex. A person can be charged with a sexual offence if they perform a sexual act that breaks these age limits, even if the younger person agrees to it.
The age of consent for same-sex relationships is the same as it is for heterosexual relationships.
According to those statutes, the fact that a person under the age of sixteen consents to having sexual relations with a person of at least eighteen years of age is not a defense that will be considered when determining the eighteen year old’s guilt.
These may be some of the questions running through the mind of Kaitlyn Hunt as she continues to murk her way through the criminal justice system for engaging in a relationship with her fourteen year old, same sex girlfriend.
If you are under 12, a person can't have sex with you or touch you sexually or perform a sexual act in front of you, even if you agree.