Having sex with a person who is younger than the age of consent (but who agrees to have sex) is called statutory rape.The person below the minimum age is regarded as a victim, and their sex partner as the offender.
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The age of consent is the age at which a young person is legally able to understand and agree to consensual sex.
In most countries, until you reach this age it is illegal for somebody to have sex with you, however old they may be.
However, some jurisdictions use sexual maturity instead of age to determine capacity for consent.
For example, when Russia was a part of the Soviet Union, its age of consent was having reached "sexual maturity".
Sometimes the law is slightly different when the partners are of a similar age, but there is usually still a minimum age below which sex is always illegal.
The major reason given for these laws is to protect young people, often called "minors," from exploitation.
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