As a general matter, anyone between the ages of 13 and 16 can consent to have sex with someone who is under 18.
Most states have different age limits for different types of legal transactions, such as the ability to enter into a contract or file a lawsuit.
However, such laws have been rendered unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, so long as the parties are consenting adults acting only in private settings.
Because of this, it is not clear what Ohio’s age of consent is for homosexual conduct, although it may be assumed that it is the same as the age for consent to heterosexual acts.
Statutory rape laws are premised on the assumption that minors are incapable of giving informed consent to sexual activities.
In Ohio, the age of consent for sex is 16 years old.
The age of consent can vary among states, and some states differentiate between consensual sex between minors who are close in age (for example, two teenagers of the same age), as opposed to sex between a minor and a much older adult.
Though statutory rape does not require that the prosecutor prove an assault, it is still rape.
But unlike in many other states, there is no legal process by which a minor may petition the court to become emancipated.
Minors (those under the age of 18) must prove that they can assume adult responsibilities and financially support themselves, but there must be some act or ommission on the part of the parents.