In Kansas, the age of consent for sexual activity is 16. The age of consent refers to the age in which an individual has the mental capacity to consent to sex with another. This age is typically imposed for minors to protect them.

In Kansas, the age of consent laws apply to both males and females, and to both heterosexual and homosexual conduct.

Does It Matter If They’re Close in Age?

Unlike many other states, there is no mitigating “buffer zone” for partners who are very close to the same age. Kansas hold that two minors close in the same age are still mentally incapable of consenting to sex. Thus, it is still a crime, no matter how close in age the two participants are. For example, two 15 year old classmates cannot consent to sexual intercourse with each other.

Statutory Rape

Any sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 14 is treated as statutory rape. It is a strict liability crime, and therefore, no defenses will apply. However, sexual intercourse with a child between the ages of 14 and 16 is illegal, but is a lesser crime, called “indecent liberties with a child.” Punishment for statutory rape carries a greater sentence.

Consulting an Attorney

If you believe that you may have had sex with an underage minor, it may be necessary to consult with a qualified Kansas City criminal defense attorney. On the other hand, if you are a victim and need to seek legal recourse against a violator, a lawyer can help you as well. A lawyer can guide you throughout your lawsuit and speak on your behalf to clear your name.