Age of Consent clarification Michigan

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Age of Consent clarification Michigan

I’m currently 16 years of age. What does the age of consent law prohibit me from
participating with consensually with someone 15 years of age? Does it only
prohibit sexual intercourse? What qualifies as ‘sexual activity’?

I live in Michigan.

Asked on July 9, 2019 under Criminal Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

You are prohibited from engaging in "sexual penetration," which your state defines as intercourse, oral sex, or digital (finger) penetration. However, because you are less than 18 and because of how close you are in age, you and your partner may engage in other behavior (kissing; "petting") even if it causes sexual gratification. Once your partner is 16, you may engage in any sexual or intimate activity you and your partner choose.


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