Question: How old is the age of consent in Delaware?

In Delaware, the age of consent to have sex is 16 for women and 18 for men. As in most states, it does not matter if the offender was ignorant as to the victims actual age, or if the offender reasonably believed that the victim had reached the age of consent.

Can a 16 year old date a 21 year old in Delaware?

In Delaware, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor (someone 15 or younger), even if the sex is consensual. It is also illegal for someone who is 30 or older to have sex with someone younger than 18.

In Delaware, the age of consent was 10 years old until 1871 when it was lowered to 7 years old. In 1880, 37 states had an age of consent of 10 years, 10 states had an age of consent at 12 years, and Delaware had an age of consent of 7 years.

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