Age of Consent for Sex
Statistic Verification
Source: ACLU
Research Date: 7.7.2014
While the phrase age of consent rarely appears in legal statutes, when used in relation to sexual activity, the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be legally competent to consent to sexual acts. Traditionally, across the globe, the age of consent for a sexual union was a matter for the family to decide, or a tribal custom. In most cases, this coincided with signs of puberty, menstruation for a woman and pubic hair for a man.
Country  Male-Female Sex Male-Male Sex  Female-Female Sex 
Albania 14 14/18 14
Algeria 16 illegal illegal
Andorra 16 16 16
Antiqua (Barbuda) 16 18 16
Argentina 12/15/16 12/15/16 12/15/16
Armenia 16 illegal unknown
Aruba 16 16 16
Australia ACT    16 16 16
Australia NSW    16 18 * no laws
Australia NT    16 18 no laws
Australia Queensland 16 18 16
Australia SA    16/17 16/17 16/17
Australia Tasmania 17 17 no laws
Australia Victoria 17 17 17
Australia WA    16 21 16
Austria 14 14 14
Azerbaijan 16 illegal undefined
Bahamas 16 18 18
Bahrain illegal illegal
Bangladesh illegal illegal
Barbados 16 illegal
Belarus 16/18 16 16
Belgium 16 16 16
Belize 16 legal legal
Benin illegal illegal
Bermuda 16 18 16
Bhutan illegal
Bolivia 17
Bosnia 16 16 16
Botswana 16-F/14-M illegal
Brazil 14/18 14/18 14/18
Brunei 14/16 illegal illegal
Bulgaria 14/15 14/18 14/18
Burkina Faso 13 21 21
Burma illegal
Burundi illegal
Cambodia (Kampuchea) 15/16
Cameroon illegal
Canada 14 18 14
Cape Verde illegal
Chile 12 18 18
China 14 not defined not defined
China – Hong Kong 16 21
Colombia 12/14 14 14
Costa Rica 15/16 15 15
Cote D’Ivoire 15
Croatia 14 14/18 14/18
Cuba Rev 16 16 16
Cyprus 17 17 17
Cyprus – SARS 17 17 17
Czech Republic 15 15 15
Denmark 15 15 15
Dominica 16
Dominican Republic 18 18 18
Dutch Antilles 16 16 16
Egypt 18 18 18
El Salvador 16
Eritrea 18 18 18
Estonia 14 16 16
Ethiopa 15
Falken Isl Malvinas  16 18 16
Faroe Islands 15 18 18
Fiji 16
Finland 16 18 18
France 15 15 15
French Guiana 15 15 15
French Polynesia Tahiti 15 15 15
Gabon 15 15 15
Georgia (Russia) illegal
Germany 14/16 14/16 14/16
Greece 15/17 17 15/17
Grenada 17 illegal illegal
Guam 16
Guadeloupe 15 15 15
Guatemala 18 18 18
Guinea 15
Guyana 13 illegal illegal
Haiti 18 18 18
Honduras 14/17 14 14
Hong Kong 18M/16F 21
Hungary 14 18 18
Iceland 14 14 14
India 16 illegal illegal
Indonesia 17 no laws no laws
Iran None outside marriage illegal illegal
Iraq 18
Ireland 17 17 17
Israel 16 16 16
Italy 14 14 14
Jamaica 16 illegal illegal
Japan 16/18 16/18 16/18
Jordan 16 illegal illegal
Kenya 16 illegal illegal
Korea 13 13 13
Kosovo 14 18 14
Kuwait illegal illegal
Latvia 16 legal legal
Lebanon 15/18 illegal illegal
Liberia 16
Liechtenstein 14 14/18 14
Lithuania 16 18 16
Luxembourg 16 16 16
Macao 16/17
Madegascar 21 21 21
Mali 16
Malta 12/18 12/18 12/18
Malaysia married – 16 illegal illegal
Martinique 15 15 15
Mauritius 15 illegal illegal
México 12 18 18
Moldova 16 16 16
Monaco 15 15 15
Montenegro 14 14 14
Morocco 15
Mozambique illegal
Namibia 16 illegal
Nepal 16
Netherlands 12/16 12/16 12/16
Netherland Antilles 16 16 16
New Caledonia 15 15 15
New Zealand 16 16 16
Nigeria 13
Norway 16 16 16
Oman none illegal illegal
Pakistan none    
Panama 12/18
Papua – New Guinea 16 illegal 16
Paraquay 12
Peru 14 14 14
Poland 15 15 15
Portugal 14/16
Philippines 12/18 18 18
Puerto Rico 14 Illegal Illegal
Qatar illegal illegal
Romania 14 illegal illegal
Russia 14/16 14/16 14/16
Rwanda 18 18 18
San Marino 14/16 14/16 14/16
Saudi Arabia must be married illegal illegal
Senegal illegal illegal
Serbia 14 18 14
Singapore 14/16 illegal illegal
Slovakia 15 15 15
Slovenia 14 14 14
South Africa 16 19 19
South Korea 13 13 13
Spain 13 13 13
Sri Lanka 16 illegal 16
St. Kitts and Nevis 14/16
Surinami 16 18 16
Sweden 15 15 15
Swaziland 18 illegal illegal
Switzerland 16 16 16
Syria 13/15 illegal illegal
Taiwan 16 16 16
Tanzania 16 illegal illegal
Thailand 15 legal at all ages
Togo 14
Tonga 16 illegal
Trinidad & Tobago 16 illegal illegal
Tunisia 20 illegal illegal
Turkey unmarried-illegal 18 18
Tuvalu illegal
Uganda 18 illegal illegal
Ukraine 16 16 16
United Arab Emirates 18 Illegal Illegal
Uzbekistan 16 illegal 16
Uruguay 16
Vanuatu 18 18 18
Venezuela 16 16 16
Vietnam 18
Vojvodina 14 18 14
Yemen illegal
Yugoslavia 18
Zaire illegal
Zambia 16
Zimbabwe 12/16 illegal illegal
United Kingdom England, Scotland & Wales   16 16 16
United Kingdom Northern Ireland 17 17 17
USA Alabama 16 illegal illegal
USA Alaska 16 16 16
USA Arizona 18 Law Repealed Law Repealed
USA Arkansas 16 Law Invalidated Law Invalidated
USA California 18 18 18
USA Colorado 15/17 17 17
USA Connecticut 16 16 16
USA D.C. 16 Law Repealed Law Repealed
USA Delaware 16/18 Law Repealed Law Repealed
USA Florida 16/18 Illegal Illegal
USA Georgia 16 16 16
USA Hawaii 16 Law Repealed Law Repealed
USA Idaho 16/18 Illegal Illegal
USA Illinois 17 17 17
USA Indiana 16 16 16
USA Iowa 14/16 Law Repealed Law Repealed
USA Kansas 16 illegal illegal
USA Kentucky 16 Law Invalidated Law Invalidated
USA Louisiana 17 Illegal Illegal
USA Maine 16 16 16
USA Maryland 16 Law Invalidated Law Invalidated
USA Massachusetts 16/18 Law Invalidated Law Invalidated
USA Michigan 16 Illegal Illegal
USA Minnesota 16 Law Invalidated Law Invalidated
USA Mississippi 16 Illegal Illegal
USA Missouri 14/17 Illegal Illegal
USA Montana 16/18 18 18
USA Nebraska 17 Law Repealed Law Repealed
USA Nevada 16 18 18
USA New Hampshire 16 18 18
USA New Jersey 16 16 16
USA New Mexico 17 13 13
USA New York 17 17 17
USA North Carolina 16 Illegal Illegal
USA North Dakota 18 Law Repealed Law Repealed
USA Ohio 16 Law Repealed Law Repealed
USA Oklahoma 16 16 -illegal 16 -illegal
USA Oregon 18 18 18
USA Pennsylvania 16 16 16
USA Rhode Island 16 Law Repealed Law Repealed
USA South Carolina 14/16-bill pending Illegal Illegal
USA South Dakota 16 Law Repealed 16 Law Repealed 16
USA Tennessee 18 Law Invalidated Law Invalidated
USA Texas 17 Illegal Illegal
USA Utah 16/18 Illegal Illegal
USA Vermont 16 Law Repealed Law Repealed
USA Virginia 18 illegal illegal
USA Washington 16/18 16/18 16/18
USA West Virginia 16 18 18
USA Wisconsin 18 18 18
USA Wyoming 16 / 18 Law Repealed Law Repealed
USA Military 16 illegal illegal
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