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Why do So Many people think a year adult dating minor is illegal?

Many think That and adult, ie. a person over the age of 18 dates or kisses That a person under 18 or 16 is illegal? No It Is not. Age of consent ONLY Applies To sexual activity. From a Theoretical Point of View It Would Be Even legal for a 50 year old to date a 5 year old if They Are only walking holding hands and kissing but not Going Beyond That. NO AGE RESTRICTIONS IN ANY STATE EXISTS ON DATING. Yet I Have read many answers, one Even Claimed “it is illegal for Someone to Date Someone over 18 under 18” How is It That So Many do not know / understand the lawyer has lawI’m


  1. Your last sentence explains it. Lawyers don’t have much common sense. Most people say “date” as a euphemism for “having sex.”

  2. Because it is assumed that any two people who are dating are having sex. Simple as that.

  3. I see no difference between a 17 year + 364 day old person and an 18 year old. The law says otherwise. From a legal standpoint (and, of course, depending on the state/country you live in) it is illegal to have sex with a minor. On the other hand, from a cultural standpoint it is much less repulsive for an 18 year old to date a 17 year old than a 50 year old to date a 5 year old. Right, wrong, I don’t know, but it’s not generally illegal.

    If you’re a lawyer, work on your grammar. If you’re not a lawyer, stop presenting yourself as such or it’s a crime. -K, Esq.

  4. I don’t think it’s illegal to date anyone under 18… I think 16-year-olds are capable of being in an adult relationship, sexual or not… I had dated a 23-year-old guy for almost a year when I was 16 and no one protested it… It’s only wrong when the “adult” forces sexual advances on the “minor.” …I mean it’d be wrong to force sexual advances on someone whether she/he is a minor or not… But other than that, I think age restrictions in dating is just a social construct. I don’t get the “taboo” about it either.

  5. Look at the specific questions being asked. They usually intend on far more than just “dating” if you just read between the lines.

    And if kissing advances slightly to heavy petting or any other form of sexual contact, that’s when it becomes illegal.

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