If a person is caught having sex, or any other sexual act, with someone who is below the age of consent, the person may be punished as a sex offender.
The violator may be sent to prison, or jail, or fined.
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.
For example, in Victoria, Australia, the age of consent is 16.
There are exceptions to age of sexual consent laws.The age of consent may also vary if one of the people is in a position of authority over the other.For example, if the older person was a teacher of the "victim", the age may be higher than for other people, an example of this is Indiana where the age where a person can have sex is 16 except if the older partner is a teacher at the "victim's" high school, in which case the age limit is 18.Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.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.Many areas have different ages for homosexual sex as well as anal sex.There are areas which also have different ages depending on if the person is male or female.The age of consent varies between states and countries.The laws in different areas range as low as 13 yrs old to 20 yrs.