Read the brief essay titled “ The Age of Consent Should Be Eighteen” by Kelsey Watchman. Watchman is from Canada but her message could easily apply to the United States.
In the United States, age of consent laws are left to the states.
North Carolina: the age of consent is 16. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, in NC “Sexual intercourse with someone who is under the age of consent (16) is only illegal if the defendant is: (1) at least 4 years older than the victim and (2) at least 12 years of age (the age at which the defendant can be prosecuted).” So, for example, if the victim is 15 and the defendant is 19, that would be a felony. Conversely, a 12-year-old and a 15-year-old would be legal.
However, “since individuals under the age of 18 can get married with parental permission in N.C., minors who are below the age of consent are not subject to statutory rape jurisdiction if they are legally married to the person they are engaging in intercourse with” (Kurtz).
Prompt: Read the brief essay in the folder for this week titled “The Age of Consent Should Be Eighteen” by Kelsey Watchman. Watchman is from Canada but her message could easily apply to the United States.
Should the age of consent be eighteen like Watchman argues? Why or why not? Respond to her writing before you begin to argue for or against what she proposes. She has valid points that need to be addressed.
Your initial post (200 words) is due by the date indicated on the syllabus.
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