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Mississippi Marriage Age Requirements Laws

There are also some circumstances in which a person who is 16 or 17 years old can get married without parental consent. For example, if the person is pregnant, they can get married without parental consent. Please do not include any confidential or sensitive information in a contact form, text message, or voicemail. The contact form sends information by non-encrypted email, which is not secure. Submitting a contact form, sending a text message, making a phone call, or leaving a voicemail does not create an attorney-client relationship. This table links to the marriage laws of the states and attempts to summarize some of their salient points.

Liability for injury during consensual sex

MGL c.272, § 34 Crime against natureLaw outlining crime against nature done with people or animals. The use of this law was restricted by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders v. AG, 436 Mass. 132 (2002). Ct. 516 (2005)
The general rule that there is no legal duty of reasonable care during sex may not apply to the negligent transmission of an STD.

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In almost all states and US territories, the youngest age at which someone can marry without parental or judicial consent is 18 years old. Exceptions to this include Puerto Rico and Mississippi, where an individual must be 21 years old to wed without approval from a parent; Nebraska, where the age of majority is 19; and in Maryland, where no guardian’s consent is needed if a minor is pregnant. The minimum age to marry, also called the ‘legal age of consent to marry,’ is different in each state and US territory.

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(2) the actor engages in sexual battery with a victim who is at least fourteen years of age but who is less than sixteen years of age and the actor is in a position of familial, custodial, or official authority to coerce the victim to submit or is older than the victim. However, a person may not be convicted of a violation of the provisions of this item if he is eighteen years of age or less when he engages in consensual sexual conduct with another person who is at least fourteen years of age. When it comes to sex, the most crucial component for all parties to consider is consent—not just morally, but legally. In the United States, each state has different laws dictating the legal age of consent for heterosexual people to engage in sex, which includes laws governing indecent exposure, masturbation, pornography, and marriage. Since Hawaii raised its age of consent from 14 to 16 in 2001, all 50 states recognize 16 as a minimum age of consent, with more than half of states approving 16 as the legal age. 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.

Mississippi’s specific laws on the Age of Consent can be found above. In two-thirds of the states, the statutes specify circumstances under which child abuse is a reportable offense irrespective of the defendant’s relationship to the victim. In some states, the definition of child abuse includes all of the statutory rape offenses detailed in the criminal code (e.g., North Dakota, Ohio, and Wyoming). In such cases, mandated reporters are required to notify the proper authorities if they suspect that a child has been a victim of any of these offenses.

Degree in 1983 from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and practiced plaintiff’s personal injury law for 8 years in California. She also taught civil procedure in the Paralegal program at Santa Clara University. She then taught English as a foreign language for eight years in the Czech Republic. Most recently, she taught English as a second language for Montgomery County Public Schools in suburban Washington, D.C. Now she devotes her time to writing on legal and environmental topics. Consent is not a defense to a charge of statutory rape in Iowa.

In most states, the travel or transportation of a minor over state lines with the intention of engaging in sexual activity is in itself a severe misdemeanor or felony. As a result, it is generally not possible to evade a state’s age of consent rules by travelling to a different state. Possession of explicit images of an underage person is also illegal under Federal law, and while minors are not typically prosecuted for possession, adults are frequently prosecuted for producing, possessing, receiving, or distributing underage pornography. Because the Mississippi Age of Consent is 16 years old, while minors between the ages of 16 and 18 may be allowed to consent to sexual intercourse, sharing of explicit images – even with someone else under age 18 – may be subject to criminal prosecution. Victims of criminal sexual conduct can find a list of resources on our Victim Resources page. Among the resources listed is RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the country.

What happens if I travel to a state where the Age of Consent is lower?

In North Carolina, the county Department of Social Services is generally responsible for the initial investigation of reported abuse. However, cases alleging abuse by a person not responsible for the care of the victim must be immediately forwarded to law enforcement and the district attorney’s office. Such provisions are common in states where the definition of child abuse does not include statutory rape. Consider Iowa, where statutory rape is only included in the definition of child abuse—thereby making it a reportable offense—if the victim is under 12 years of age. Statutory rape reporting requirements are generally found in the sections of states’ codes that deal with juveniles, children and families, domestic relationships, or social services, whereas the criminal or penal codes address the legality of specific offenses.

13 Intercourse with a female who is less than 18 years of age is illegal regardless of the age of the defendant. However, sexual acts not amounting to penetration are legal under certain circumstances in cases where the victim is at least 16 years of age. Generally, law enforcement is responsible for conducting investigations into criminal acts, whereas child protective services and human services agencies are primarily concerned with the well-being of the victim. For example, in Rhode Island, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families investigates all reported abuse. If the Department’s investigation indicates that the child in question has been the victim of criminal abuse, the Department transfers the case to law enforcement so that it may initiate a criminal investigation. Each state summary highlights the required response of the state and local agencies that receive reports of suspected child abuse.