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What is the law about adults dating a minor?

So as pointed out in the comments, most states do not set 18 as the age of consent (in the U.S. a majority of states have 16 as age of consent. 18 becomes famous because that's the age of consent in ...
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Is it legal for a child to ask an adult for nudes?

There is nothing illegal about the child asking for nude images, but, depending on jurisdiction and circumstances, there is quite likely to be a serious legal problem with the adult providing such ...
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How often do people who make complaints that lead to acquittals face repercussions for making false complaints?

Prosecutions for falsely reporting rape are at least as common as perjury convictions (and usually don't count as perjury since the initial report is rarely made under oath), and even when charges are ...
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Can an adult sue someone who violated them as a child?

That is happening all the time. Accusations of historic child abuse are often made, often investigated, and often punished. Where the victim is from doesn't make a difference in most countries. Most ...
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What is the law about adults dating a minor?

Dating is not sex (or at least, isn't necessarily sex). There is no "statutory rape" equivalent to dating someone younger than you in a way that does not involve sex or child pornography. ...
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How often do people who make complaints that lead to acquittals face repercussions for making false complaints?

This (like most of the other answers) is answer to an earlier version of the question. I note you are asking about complaints that lead to acquittals. This requires the prosecution to bring a charge ...
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Why is marriage with a minor legal in the US while sex with a minor is not?

The ultimate answer as to why any given law is the way it is, as opposed to some other way that it might be, is because the legislature, or the courts if it is part of the court-made common law, chose ...
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Can someone be prosecuted posthumously?

The Crown Prosecution Service has said: Since deceased persons cannot be prosecuted, the Crown Prosecution Service will not make a charging decision in respect of a suspect who is deceased.
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How often do people who make complaints that lead to acquittals face repercussions for making false complaints?

Within the US, criminal trials generally end in one of two ways - "Guilty" or "Not [Proven] Guilty". There is no "innocent" finding. As a result, many defendants are ...
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In an opposite-sex sexual assault case, is "I'm homosexual" a valid defense?

This is not a true defense. It would only go to the credibility of the defendant's account claiming that he was not the perpetrator. Nothing prevents someone who is homosexual or asexual from sexually ...
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Is sex for rent considered prostitution in Australia

'Prostitution' is neither wholly legal nor wholly illegal in Australia. Some prostitution is legal and other prostitution is not. The rules differ from State to State. In Victoria the relevant law is ...
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Can an adult sue someone who violated them as a child?

You should differentiate between civil and criminal law. In civil law, you seek restoration of your damages. There, you sue the people that caused you damages to pay you back. It is a "private ...
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A had sexual intercourse with B because A misidentified B as her boyfriend. Did B committed sexual assault?

canada Avoiding an overly literal reading of your assertion that "both sides consent" The actus reus of sexual assault is sexual touching without the consent of the complainant. In your ...
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Why were some of Epstein’s clients names still redacted from the released court files?

Because they were victims Or, people who, if identified, would identify victims. The judge said a handful of names should remain blacked out in the documents because they would identify people who ...
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Is sex for rent considered prostitution in Australia

It would be prostitution, however, prostitution is not illegal in Australia. Barter is a legal way to settle debts in Australia so long as all taxes are paid, for example, the tenant must pay income ...
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Would sharing an unsolicited dick pic be considered "revenge porn"?

Probably not new-south-wales s91Q of the Crimes Act 1900 NSW makes intentionally distributing intimate images a) without consent and b) knowing they did not consent or being reckless as to consent. ...
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If a man has sex with a girl he thinks is underage, but the girl is actually not, did he commit a crime?

YOU NEED TO KNOW MORE FACTS The age of consent to sex in the United States, in cases not involving child pornography (which is federally regulated as well as subject to state regulation) is a matter ...
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Is it legal to wear a short a little transparent like this, outside?

Public nudity is not generally prohibited in most of Europe, only exhibitionism is (exhibitionism: openly presenting your private parts in a way to stimulate sexual desire). Now that does not mean you ...
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Is there any cognizable ground for criminal prosecution for the surreptitious or unconsensual use of male reproductive cells or “spermjacking”?

There is no cognizable grounds for a criminal prosecution in those circumstances. There are also no cognizable grounds for Bob to deny paternity, or to bring a civil action against Alice. Bob will be ...
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What does UK law say about "sexual suggestions" to a 14 year-old when I am 16?

I'm not sure a case of harassment could be made out (it would depend on the circumstances in which you purportedly did those things or threatened her, except for touching her. Sexual assault The ...
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Do young animals count as pedophilia?

No. According to the Section 18 of the U.S. Code, § 2251: (a) Any person who employs, uses, persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any minor to engage in, or who has a minor assist any other ...
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Is "dry-humping" considered rape?

In California, the conduct you describe is a misdemeanor called "sexual battery." It is not rape. However, if the perpetrator forcibly holds the victim in place while performing, that might amount ...
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What is the law about adults dating a minor?

"Dating" is not a clearly defined concept and almost certainly could not be made a subject of criminal law in the United States without the law being held to be unconstitutional for being ...
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Does indecent exposure require intentionality?

maaaaaybe if it was a public nuisance? In germany Public Nuisance under StGB §183a does require either knowledge or intent, so pure knowledge is sufficient for this article. However, the required act ...
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Taking phone from rape victims?

According to the Crown Prosecution Service's legal guidance Disclosure – Guidelines on Communications Evidence (26 January 2018), the law is that: Investigating officers are required to pursue all ...
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Can an adult sue someone who violated them as a child?

Most offenses have an attached statute of limitations (French: prescription) which limits how much later after the act one can be sued for past actions. In France, this can range from a year (for &...
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