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What is the Age of Consent for Sex in Rhode Island?

The age of consent in for sex in Rhode Island is 16 years old. This only applies to heterosexual conduct. Rhode Island has a law on the books which makes homosexual conduct illegal. Such laws, as applied to consenting adults in private settings, have been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Because of this, Rhode Island has no age of consent for homosexual conduct.

Like many other states, Rhode Island makes allowances for adolescents who are under the age of consent, but close to the same age. Generally, anyone over the age of 14 can consent to have sex with anyone under the age of 18.
However, once somebody is over the age of 18, there are almost no circumstances in Rhode Island under which they can legally have sex with someone who is under the age of consent.

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Last Modified: 11-30-2009 10:45 AM PST

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