In the United States, age of consent laws regarding sexual activity are made at the state level.There are several federal statutes related to protecting minors from sexual predators, but laws regarding specific age requirements for sexual consent are left to individual states, territories, and the District of Columbia.
The age of consent varies by state, with most states, including Connecticut, setting it at age 16.
The age of consent in other states ranges from ages 14 to 18.
Some states base the penalty for violations on the age of the offender, with older offenders receiving harsher penalties.
Depending on the jurisdiction, legal age of consent ranges from 16 to 18 years old.
In some places, civil and criminal laws within the same state conflict with each other.