According to NJ law, the age of legal consent is 16 compared to the national age of consent, which is 18.If you’re an adult and you have sex with someone under the age of 16, you can be charged with statutory rape (or aggravated sexual assault) if you’re more than four years older than the victim.
Specific conversations can be uncomfortable, but they help convey a clearer message.” Scott suggests asking your child if any of his or her friends are dating, and if they are, she recommends asking about those relationships. How can you tell if someone is showing you the respect you deserve? • Your partner forces you to have sex against your will.
And it can be even harder if the guy she has her eye on is older.
A 14-year-old dating a 17-year-old might be perfectly innocent but those who counsel adolescents warn that an age difference as little as three years can be cause for concern.
“Ask your daughter what qualities she is looking for in a dating partner,” she says. ” The darker side of dating, regardless of age, is being in an abusive relationship. • Much of your time together is consumed by apologies, promises, guilt and anger.
The Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS) offers a checklist of some dating red flags that both teens and parents should know about: • Your partner is possessive. • You can never be yourself around your partner without negative consequences. Kairys suggests teens create a code word they can use to text their parents if they’re in an uncomfortable or scary situation, like being at a party where people are drinking excessively, doing drugs or getting out of control.