Age of consent reform is efforts to change age of consent laws. Proposed reforms typically include raising, lowering, or abolishing the age of consent, applying or not applying close-in-age exemptions, changing penalties, or changing how cases are examined in court. A related issue is whether or not to apply ages of consent to homosexual relationships that are different from those applied to heterosexual relationships. Organized efforts have ranged from academic discussions to political petitions.
In Pennsylvania, the age of consent for sexual relations is 16 years old.
The consequences of relying on information on this page in order to determine if participating in a particular relationship would be legal under the laws of a particular state can be grave. They can result in criminal prosecution, conviction, a lengthy prison sentence, and a lifetime requirement to register as a sexual offender. In the United States, age of consent laws regarding sexual activity are made at the state level.
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