I am 16 and have been dating someone for over a year. He was 17 when we started dating, but is now 18. He is just a little over 2 years older than me.(No sex between us). My parents are completely fine with our relationship.Is this illegal?
It's perfectly legal. First of all, there are no laws governing who people can date. There ARE laws governing who people can have sex with. (If you think that dating someone is just the same thing as having sex with them, then you are too young to be dating.) Normally, it is against the law in Oregon to have sex with anyone who is under age 18. 'Sex.' in this context, by the way, refers to all sexual contact, not just intercourse.
However, there is an exception to the age rule: as long as both partners are over age 15, and they are less than three years different in age, then sex between them is legal - as long as it's consensual, of course. So you and your partner are fine under the law - and probably always have been. Just be sure to show each other respect and get true consent for all sexual conduct. (And if you have intercourse, use condoms, unless you want to be a parent at 17. You do not want to be a parent at 17.)
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No this is not illegal. Simply dating a person over age 18 is not illegal. It can become illegal for a person who is 18 once sex is involved. But the situation you describe is not illegal.
I agree with my colleagues. The criminal law is not involved here unless there is coercion or force involved.
Dating is not illegal. Sex is. You should check out the legal definition of sexual intercourse in Oregon, it could surprise you.
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