And lastly, minors aged 14 or 15 can consent to sex with a person who is 4 years older or less.
While some may find it questionable that any 11-year-old is mature enough to give genuine consent to sex (which necessarily requires a certain level of emotional maturity, and a reasonable understanding of the possible consequences), Washington allows this legally.
Statutory rape occurs when a person over the age of consent engages in sexual intercourse with someone under the statutory age of consent, also known as a minor.
In most states, the age of consent has been arbitrarily designated by statute.
This was the first salvo in the historic case, Abbott v.In Washington State, the age of consent for sex is 16 years old.At this age, a person can consent to sex with any adult, regardless of the age difference between them.In 1990, in Abbott II, the NJ Supreme Court upheld the administrative law judge’s ruling, finding the State’s school funding law unconstitutional as applied to children in 28 “poorer urban” school districts. View the Abbott Districts The Court’s ruling directed the Legislature to amend or enact a new law to “assure” funding for the urban districts: 1) at the foundation level “substantially equivalent” to that in the successful suburban districts; and 2) “adequate” to provide for the supplemental programs necessary to address the extreme disadvantages of urban schoolchildren.The Court ordered this new funding mechanism be in place for the following school year, 1991-92.