Indiana laws for dating
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Consent can be a defense to sex crimes, if the person involved was over the age of consent, was conscious, and wanted the sexual contact, for example.
However, consent is only a defense to some, limited statutory rape cases where the child and young adult are around the same age.
Legal Responsibilities of Minors and Parents There is a legal process by which a minor can become an adult in the eyes of the law, referred to as the emancipation of a minor.
While Indiana sets the standard age of majority at 18, emancipation can allow for a minor to be responsible for his or her own wellbeing and make all of his or her own decisions regarding school, healthcare, and other matters.
It's illegal to rape or have oral, anal, or vaginal sex or penetrate the genitals or anus of another with an object by force, threat of force, or while the person was incapacitated due to mental disability or unconsciousness.
Rape is a Level 3 felony, unless aggravating factors are present, namely the use of deadly force or weapon, causing serious bodily injury, or using date rape drugs. Also, sexual battery or touching another person to sexually arouse yourself or the victim by force, threat of force, or when the person is mentally disabled so consent for the touching can't be given.
If a person fondles or sexually touches a child under 14, it's a Level 4 felony, raised to Level 2 for aggravating circumstances.
For child molesting and sexual misconduct with a child, Indiana law permits the defense that the accused reasonably believed the child was at least 16 at the time of the sexual activity (as long as not committed through force or by using weapons or date rape drugs).