ChristianBecker wrote:I know that it is statutory rape. We have that as well. With the age of consent being 14 it is less of an issue, however. Anyway, what I find really hard to come to terms with is the fact that the girls already had a relation before one of them turned 18 and it seems no one cared. So, imagine you're 16, fall in love with a 14 year old, have a sexual relationship. Then you turn 18 and suddenly you have to stop dating and having sex until you're both over 18? THAT's what I find ridiculous.
Local conditions apply for age of consent but I think as this is the US there's also an issue of minority which is 18 I assume from the article. So whilst the age of consent would definitely apply to the younger girl the older girl at age 17 would be 'legal' for sex but still a minor.
Not sure whether the US would be the similar to the UK on age of consent for homosexuals (which would include lesbians of course, as it's not officially gender specific just means same sex in a legal sense). Over here it's age 16 for homosexual the same as for heteros now (it used to be 21 up until recently though) but this is the crux of it
wikipedia wrote:The age of consent in England and Wales is 16 regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender, as specified by the Sexual Offences Act 2003. However, if person A is over the age of 18 and is in a position of trust to person B who is under the age of 18, it is illegal for A to engage in sexual activity with B.
and in Florida
wikipedia wrote:The age of consent in Florida is 18, but close in age exemptions exist. By law, the exception permits a person 23 years of age or younger to engage in legal sexual activity with a minor aged 16 or 17.
Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors.-- (1) A person 24 years of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in [statutes cited]. As used in this section, "sexual activity" means oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another; however, sexual activity does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose
So from that if the older girl was just a student and not in a position of trust with the younger girl (like for instance a counsellor, coach or teacher/tutor) then it seems to follow that a legal prosecution team would be looking for non-consensual rape rather than statutory and, if brought to court, the girls ages (both under 18) when the relationship started would probably count towards it being left alone, or not dealt with too harshly if it did make it into a courtroom.
In the UK same thing, especially if both partners are underage and there's no question of sex being non-consensual then usually no action would be taken, unless there was some kind of neglect element involved on the part of the parents/guardians, in which case the social authorities would probably get called if they needed to place the minor(s) in care or under supervision for any reason.