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Having Sex with A Minor in California Punishment
This map shows the female legal age of consent for heterosexual sex in different countries around the world. The age of consent is the age at which a young person is legally able to understand and agree to consensual sex. In most countries, until you reach this age it is illegal for somebody to have sex with you, however old they may be. Sometimes the law is slightly different when the partners are of a similar age, but there is usually still a minimum age below which sex is always illegal. The major reason given for these laws is to protect young people, often called "minors," from exploitation.
Protecting young people from sexual predators would seem to be a universally-held value in this country: No state has an age of consent lower than But in some courtrooms, attorneys argue that children can make decisions about whom they have sex with — and in some cases, those attorneys are winning. One of those cases is currently under appeal in California. In , a year old middle-school math teacher began a six-month sexual relationship with a year-old female student at his school. The teacher was convicted in criminal court of lewd acts with a child, and he went to prison.
Gavin Newsom late Friday evening. The measure, Senate Bill , will amend existing state law that allows judges to decide whether an adult convicted of having vaginal sexual intercourse with a minor should register as a sex offender in cases in which the minor is 14 years or older and the adult is not more than 10 years older than the minor. SB will eliminate automatic sex offender registration in those cases and give judges discretion to make that decision. Along with opposition from Republicans in the state Legislature, supporters of President Trump and far-right conspiracy theorists have seized on the bill in an attempt to use the measure as a political wedge issue and rallying cry, with some falsely claiming on social media that California is legalizing pedophilia.