For example, while a fourteen-year old may not be allowed to drink until age 21 or vote until age 18, he or she might be old enough to be sued in court for intentionally injuring someone else or damaging property.
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 this case, the girl’s mother found the pictures on her daughter’s email. The 5-2 decision rejected the challenge that the child pornography statute is unconstitutional, claiming that applying the law to someone old enough to legally consent to sex does nothing to protect them from exploitation or abuse. 234 (2002), the Court struck down a federal law that criminalizing sexually explicit images that appeared to depict minors but were in fact not real minors. They conclude: “There was nothing unlawful about the production of the photographs taken by defendant in this case because the sexual conduct between defendant and A. And, because the photographs taken by defendant are not child pornography for purposes of the first amendment, we cannot simply presume that rational basis review is appropriate in this case.” I think that dissent is correct about the concession and that briefing should have been ordered on the first amendment issue.
These concerns are exacerbated in the modern digital age, where once a picture or video is uploaded to the Internet, it can never be completely erased or eradicated . Yet, while I thought the majority had some strong points, there are first amendment concerns raised by the criminalization of photos if they are purely consensual and private. No one would seriously disagree with the criminalization of taking such photos for commercial purposes or for distribution.Under Illinois law, the age of consent for any type of sexual activity is, typically, 17 years.This means anyone younger than 17 years of age cannot lawfully consent to any type of sex act involving sexual conduct.In most states, the age of consent has been arbitrarily designated by statute.However, this age of consent varies widely from state to state.