West Virginia Legal Age Of Consent (Legal Age for Consensual Sex)
What is the 2013 Age of Consent in West Virginia?
The West Virginia legal Age of Consent for sexual contact is 16 years old. A total of thirty one states have set their age of consent at 16, the lowest age of consent in any state.
A close-in-age exemption to the West Virginia legal age of consent allows minors under 16 to engage in sexual relations with anyone under four years older then them. Contact with someone over four years older can cause the older partner to be guilty of sexual assault in the third degree.
West Virginia Close-In-Age Exemption
What is the Age of Consent?
The Age of Consent is the age at which a person is deemed by West Virginia law to be capable of consenting to, and engaging in, sexual acts. Anyone who engages in sexual activity of any type with a partner under the applicable Age of Consent is breaking the law and can be charged with crimes ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony (statutory rape) depending on the jurisdiction in which they are prosecuted. West Virginia's specific laws on the Age of Consent can be found above.
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