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What is Consent?

Q: What is consent?
A:

Consent is an agreement given equally by all partners to engage in a specific activity at the moment. Consent is a clear understanding of what's being asked for and agreed upon. Consent is freely given with no coercion by either party. Consent is never assumed and consent can be taken back at any time.  

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Q: I’m under 18. Is it illegal for me to have sex with my boyfriend/ girlfriend? What is the age of consent in South Carolina?
A:

The age of consent in South Carolina is 16 years old. However, it is legal for a 14 year old to give consent for sexual intercourse if the partner is 18 years of age or younger. This is referred to as the Romeo Clause. Regardless of age, any sexual act that is not consensual is considered sexual assault.

For more information, click here to access our Consent in South Carolina page.

Q: If I’m over 18 but want to date/ have sex with someone under 18, is that legal?
A:

Age of consent in South Carolina is 16 years old. It is considered statutory rape if an adolescent under the age of 16 has sexual intercourse with an individual 19 years of age or older. Regardless of age, any sexual act that is not consensual is considered sexual assault.

For more information, click here to access our Consent in South Carolina page.

Q: If I’m having sex and my parents find out, can they get my boyfriend/girlfriend in trouble?
A:

If you are between the ages of 14-18 and your partner is between the ages of 14-18, it is not illegal to have consensual sex. If you are under age 18, your parents can file a report with law enforcement at any time. Law enforcement will decide whether an investigation is needed. Regardless of age, any sexual act that is not consensual is considered sexual assault.

For more information, click here to access our Consent in South Carolina page.