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What is the Age of Consent for Sex in Virginia?

In Virginia, the age of consent is 18 years old. At that age, a person may legally consent to sex with any other adult, regardless of the age difference between them.

This law only applies to heterosexual conduct. Virginia, likely in response to a recent Supreme Court ruling, has repealed its laws governing homosexual conduct. It currently has no statutory age of consent for homosexual conduct. It is probably safe to assume that the age of consent for homosexual conduct in Virginia is also 18, but this is not a sure thing.

Like most other states, Virginia makes allowances for cases in which two minors are below the age of consent, but close to the same age. The law recognizes that such relationships are not exploitative, and are therefore not what age of consent laws are designed to prevent. In Virginia, a person over the age of 15 can consent to sex with another person who is no more than 3 years older.

For minors between the ages of 13 and 15, Virginia is also fairly lenient. If a person less than 3 years older has sex with a minor aged between 13 and 15, the punishment is a moderate fine, with no possibility of jail time.

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Last Modified: 06-18-2010 03:44 PM PDT

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