"He said there was a rumor and that he needed to know if we could confirm or deny.I told him at that point we hadn't met with our attorney."According to the interview with the teen's parents, the principal pointed out that he was a mandated reporter, which the boy's father acknowledged."He told us, ' If y'all don't tell me anything, I'm gonna have to put her name out there.If someone has sex with you or touches you sexually when you are asleep, unconscious or so affected by alcohol or drugs that you are not able to agree, it is still sexual assault.
However, it is not an offence if the person honestly believed that you were 16 or if there was less than a two-year age difference between you. For example, if a person is 17 and has sex with someone who is 15, it is not a crime.But if the person was 18, it is a crime unless the person believed the person was 16.A person who is caring for you or supervising you, like a teacher, youth worker or foster carer, can't have sex with you or sexually touch you or perform a sexual act in front of you, even if you agree, unless they are married to you.However, it is not an offence if the person honestly believed you were 18 or older.But after we met with [the therapist], that's when it hit me, I was like, ' Well, she subs over there,' and that puts her in a position of authority."According to investigative records, the relationship went unreported to law enforcement until the school's principal caught wind of a rumor about inappropriate texts that October.
Even then, the principal was unclear if the law required reporting the relationship."We talked to [the principal] the first time," the teen's father told investigators.We know of numerous cases where adults are charged with sexually assaulting teens, even 16- and 17-year-olds, but it's reportable when they reach that age if the alleged offender is a caregiver (under the Child Maltreatment protocol), in a position of trust or authority (the Criminal Statutes), or uses force or coercion (which is always against the law, regardless of age range of the victim). Karen Farst is a pediatrician on the At-Risk Children's team at Arkansas Children's Hospital.The law assumes, then, that these teens who are barred because of immaturity from voting, enlisting in the military, or buying cigarettes and alcohol are mature enough to decide to have sex with even a much older adult."My understanding is that 16 is pretty uniform across the country for age of consent," Tucker said. Despite her years of experience talking with teens about their adult-like relationships, deciphering whether those teens are in danger can be challenging. Farst, deciding when something has to be reported isn't a simple task, and it can take years of experience learning what the abuse hotline considers for investigation, what it screens out, and why.The law in Victoria sets clear age limits for when you can legally have sex. A person can be charged with a sexual offence if they perform a sexual act that breaks these age limits, even if the younger person agrees to it.The age of consent for same-sex relationships is the same as it is for heterosexual relationships.One High-Profile Example of Confusion & Consent Laws Forty-four year old Erica Suskie's day in court for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old appeared to hinge on one fact: she was a substitute teacher at the teen's school.