This often arises when a child commits a serious crime and prosecutors must decide whether to charge the child as an adult.It also applies to everyday situations that require the consent of a parent, such as most contractual agreements.RAINN does not endorse, guarantee or warranty the accuracy, reliability or thoroughness of any referenced information, product or service.In New York, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor (someone younger than 17), even if the sex is consensual.The information is not presented as a source of legal advice.You should not rely, for legal advice, on statements or representations made by RAINN.For reprint permission, please contact RAINN's vice president for public policy, Rebecca O'Connor, at [email protected] (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network) provides general information that is intended, but not guaranteed, to be correct and up-to-date.
In New York, the age of consent for sex is 17 years old.
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