This means anyone younger than 17 years of age cannot lawfully consent to any type of sex act involving sexual conduct.
Sexual conduct is the touching of any sex organ of another.
Close in age exemptions, commonly known as "Romeo and Juliet laws", are put in place to prevent the prosecution of individuals who engage in consensual sexual activity when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both partners are below the age of consent.
Because there is no such "Romeo and Juliet law" in West Virginia, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 16 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape, although this is rare. (a) A person is guilty of sexual assault in the third degree when: (2) The person, being sixteen years old or more, engages in sexual intercourse or sexual intrusion with another person who is less than sixteen years old and who is at least four years younger than the defendant and is not married to the defendant.
Title X clinics provide sexual and reproductive health care to the public (girls, boys, teens and adults).
One or more of these charges may be used to prosecute violations of the West Virginia Age of Consent, as statutory rape or the West Virginia equivalent of that charge.
Voluntary sexual activity with someone younger than 17 is not “consensual” sexual activity as far as Illinois law is concerned.
At this age, “consent” is a legal term, not a factual term.
In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity.
Individuals aged 15 or younger in West Virginia are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape.