The legal age at which lawmakers believe a child is capable of making a reasonable decision and consent is referred to as the age of consent.
Most states do not refer specifically to statutory rape; instead they use designations such as sexual assault and sexual abuse to identify prohibited activity.
The following chart contains seven categories of state law that affect a minor’s right to consent.
Further information on these issues can be obtained by clicking on the column headings.
In Oregon, you must be 17 years old before you can marry.
If you are under 18 years old, you must have the written consent of a parent or guardian before you can marry.
With regard to sexual and reproductive health care, many states explicitly permit all or some minors to obtain contraceptive, prenatal and STI services without parental involvement.
Moreover, nearly every state permits minor parents to make important decisions on their own regarding their children.
All cases of statutory rape involve consenting sexual partners.
What makes the act illegal is when one sex partner is legally not of age to consent to having sex with an older partner.
An exception applies if you have no parent or guardian living in Oregon.