Thankswhat if we are both female?
There are no laws against cuddling or holding hands. If you have sex, the 18 year old could be charged with a crime. For example, the police could charge him with contributing to your delinquency, as you are still a minor.
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No, it's not illegal to hug or hold hands. However, you are still considered a minor regarding sexual related activity. The 18 year old male could potentially face criminal charges.
The age of consent in Virginia is 18. If the boy is 18 then the girl must also be at least 18 or it is a crime. Of course, there is no crime against cuddling, but sexual touching - short of intercourse with a person under 18 is illegal.
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No - it is not illegal in Virginia for you to hold hands or cuddle.
Yes, it is illegal in Virginia to have sex if you are not married, regardless of age. Sex outside of marriage is the crime of Fornication. (See section 18.2-344 of the Virginia Code).
In addition, as the others have said, given your ages, the 18 year old can be charged with an even more serious misdemeanor offense of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. (See section 18.2-371 of the Virginia Code)
I hope this answers your question.
I can't speak to whether Virginia laws have hetero-normative language within them that would prevent a same sex couple from falling within statutory rape or "fornication" laws. When people ask these sorts of questions, I do like to point out that many teenagers use smartphones and the apps on them without realizing that they could be getting themselves into trouble under not only state but also federal law. When you send images over Apps, they can fall within federal law. If those images are sexually explicit images of a minor, they can be considered child pornography. If you are under 18, don't send them!
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