– ‘That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet’ (Juliet, Act 2 Scene 1) In almost every single sex-based crime that is charged in Indiana, the stakes couldn’t be much higher.Whether someone is facing high fines, a lengthy prison sentence, a long-term sex registration, and/or the public stigma of a sex-based conviction, it is no wonder we receive so many calls on these types of cases.Interestingly, for the longest time (and as is the case in most instances), age is the determining factor in determining the penalty range of a sex-based crime. An adult, so long as they don’t have a position of power or trust over the 16 year old, may have a consensual sexual encounter with anyone 16 years of age and older.Many people are surprised to hear the age of consent is less than 18 years old in Indiana.In Indiana, you can legally consent to sexual intercourse when you become 16 years old. A minor who is married can get a prescription for birth control without a parent’s permission. 7.“An Overview of Minors’ Consent Laws, State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 8.“Minors’ Access to STI Services,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute.
Recent changes in the laws governing consensual sex between minors or an adult 18 years of age and a minor 14-16 years of age have acknowledged that this intimacy is not the same as molestation.
"Sexual conduct" means sexual intercourse, deviate sexual conduct, exhibition of the uncovered genitals intended to satisfy or arouse the sexual desires of any person, sado-masochistic abuse, sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct with an animal, or any fondling or touching of a child by another person or of another person by a child intended to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the other person.
IC 35-42-4-4 Child exploitation; possession of child pornography; violation classification; exemption; definitions Sec. (a) As used in this section: "Disseminate" means to transfer possession for free or for a consideration. "Performance" has the same meaning as in IC 35-49-1-7. (c) A person eighteen (18) years of age or older who knowingly or intentionally: (1) engages in sexual intercourse; (2) engages in deviate sexual conduct; or (3) touches or fondles the person’s own body; in the presence of a child less than fourteen (14) years of age with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of the child or the older person commits performing sexual conduct in the presence of a minor, a Class D felony.
We want you to be informed because being a “minor” affects your right to information and services. Keep in mind that these laws may be different for you if you are legally considered an emancipated minor, pregnant minor, minor living apart or married minor. 16 In the eyes of the law, teenagers of certain ages cannot consent or agree to sex until they reach a specific age. 10.“Minors’ Access to Contraceptive Services,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 11.“Emergency Contraception,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 12.“Emergency Room Requirements To Offer/Provide Sexual Assault Survivors with Emergency Contraception.” Henry J.
This is called the “age of consent.” These laws are meant to protect minors from being manipulated or forced into sex with older people.