Laws against minors dating adults
Other factors that can impact a sentence include: Close-in-Age Laws To address potential statutory rape situations where two people are close in age, a number of states have enacted what are sometimes called "Romeo and Juliet laws." These laws carve out a different set of rules where the offender is only slightly older than the minor.
There is also a "close in age" exception for 12 and 13 year olds.
In most places it is 16 years old, but some set it at 17 or 18.
In the eyes of the law, people below this age are simply too immature to make a decision that could have consequences such as a pregnancy.
If convicted, the person would face the same penalty as if that offence had occurred in Canada.
In addition to these criminal laws against child sexual abuse and exploitation, each province and territory has its own child welfare laws to protect children against abuse, exploitation and neglect.