Each state sets its own age of consent, so what's legal in Indiana may not be somewhere else.Some states, such as California and Wisconsin, set the age higher, at 17 or 18.The key question that lawmakers likely would consider: What's the difference in your judgment at age 16 and age 18?At 16, you're old enough to get a learner's permit but not your driver's license. But one local criminal justice expert says that with possible changes to the age of consent in Indiana, lawmakers also would have to carefully define who can have sex with whom.In some sex crime statutes, such as inappropriate communication with a minor, the line between legal and illegal is drawn at 14. Prosecuting sexual misconduct cases can be as tricky as the law is confusing — though text messaging and social media can make it easier to prove."Because you have consenting people involved, you're generally not going to have one of the parties complaining unless something goes bad," Decker said."There may be plenty of evidence to prosecute the case, but whether or not it comes to the attention of police is the issue."What happened between Rob Fields' 17-year-old daughter and the 39-year-old man was legal under Indiana's current laws, but Fields said he thought the man manipulated and preyed upon a vulnerable teen. She told The Indianapolis Star that she supported the law change her father is pursuing, and she thought the law should better protect young girls like her.For me, and many other women like me, it all begins with a number. Before agreeing to a set-up, as a follow-up response or even playing a flirtatious game, I always find the answer to the question, “So, how old are you? And if you don’t know who the Seavers are from "Growing Pains," then you don’t stand a chance.
The definition of a "child" isn't even the same throughout Indiana code, Decker points out. In Indiana, a section of the law makes it illegal for authority figures, such as teachers, to have sex with any minor younger than 18, because they hold positions of trust and influence.To engage with an older guy is to peek inside a different point-of-view on life.So, now that I’ve glorified older men enough (don’t worry, young, 20-something lads, your day will come…Raising the age of consent would defy national trends of decriminalizing consensual sex, Decker said.In Indiana, it's considered child molestation to have sex with a child younger than 14, who cannot consent to sex.In most circumstances, it's also illegal for someone older than 18 to have sex with someone younger than 16, under the state's laws on sexual misconduct with a minor.But the law makes allowances: Someone younger than 16 can have legal consensual sex with someone who is within four years of age older and still under 21, if they're in an ongoing relationship.She declined to elaborate further on her story and deferred to her parents to speak for her because of the anxiety and anger it causes her.The Star is respecting her preference not to be named, but she and her father said it was fine for his name to be used. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, authored the resolution to consider raising the age of consent.You know those girls who refuse to date anyone younger than they are, much less anyone their own age? ) And I obviously have the matching theory as to why to go along with it (naturally, it involves being the younger sister).They have a specific, thought-out reasoning as to why they’re only romantically compatible with guys who are older... Throughout my entire love life -- or whatever you want to call what has been 23 years of going through men, some for longer than others -- I have never so much as lusted after any guy who is younger than I am. Without going too much into my dating career, the main factor in all of my relationships -- significant or otherwise -- has always been the man’s age.