This creates a problem where the parents of a child between 16 and 18 do not consent to their child having sex.

It may in some cases be considered as ‘statutory rape’: If the parents are willing to go through the criminal procedure by opening a case and if the court can determine that the child did not possess the mental capacity to be considered “emancipated” or of a mental state to make decisions like an 18-year-old adult.

While dating a minor may not necessarily be illegal, certain activities are prohibited in Ohio.

While there is no specific definition of “dating” in Ohio, the law generally prohibits sexual conduct between adults and those minors not of the age of consent.

Generally the legal age of consent is considered to be age 16 and above for all genders and sexual orientations, but certain exceptions apply, including that of sex with someone with a mental disability and other factors.

The sex act must also be consensual between both parties.

A general guide line would be – ‘Consensual sex’ refers to where both parties agree to sex or a sexual act, and conform to all other legal requirements as per legislation.

In section 56 of the Sexual Offences Act in South Africa, it is made perfectly clear that a marriage; friendship; or any other type of relationship do not count as ‘consensual’.

For example a 17-year-old will be able to have consensual sex with a 15-year-old.

It is illegal to have sex with a child under the age of 12, and for a child under the age of 12 to have sex with any person (regardless of age), even if the sex is consensual between the two persons.

Persons also need to be weary of the age of becoming an adult (age 18 in South Africa), where the parents of a child still has authority about what he or she may consent to whilst under age 18.