In New Jersey, the age of consent is 16, but individuals who are at least 13 years of age can legally engage in sexual activities if their partner is less than 4 years older than them. And that apprehension is exacerbated if a son or daughter chooses to date an older peer. Try to view the relationship through your teen's eyes. Let me put on my geek hat and suggest —. They are generally interested in dating and getting to know their partners.
Are lots of kids the same as yours already dating in the true sense of the word?
See what readers and other experts have to say on this topic, in an article that appeared in the Week in Review section. Statutory rape laws are based on the premise that although young girls may want to have sex, they may not have enough experience or discernment to make a mature, informed decision. No one enjoys being in a home where they feel unwelcome.