which means having sex with anyone below that age by anyone over that age is illegal.
However, some jurisdictions use sexual maturity instead of age to determine capacity for consent.
The laws are almost always affected by a nation's culture. European countries generally range from 14yrs to 16yrs.
In the United States, the age varies from 16 to 18.
Different countries have different laws regarding the age of consent. Most jurisdictions allow minors above a certain age to marry with parental and/or government permission.
In Wisconsin having sex with a person beneath 16, a felony (serious crime), carries prison time, but having sex with a minor who is 16 or over but under 18, which is a misdemeanor (a non-serious crime), carries jail time and a fine.
Teens receive more traffic citations and are hurt and killed at a higher rate than other drivers.
In jurisdictions which allow this, a minor who is married is an exception to the law.
For example, in Wisconsin the age of consent for sex is 18. Marriage usually prevents a party to the marriage from being charged under sexual assault laws, as long as both husband and wife are at least 16 years, although not if one of the parties is younger than this age and one is older.