Legal age for dating
At this age, “consent” is a legal term, not a factual term.
To be blunt, a 17 year old boyfriend who touches, for his sexual gratification , the breasts of his 16 year old girlfriend has committed a sex crime, which could put him on the Illinois sex offender registration list.
If a person is in a “position of supervision” of another, the age of consent becomes 18 years of age.
Voluntary sexual activity with someone younger than 17 is not “consensual” sexual activity as far as Illinois law is concerned.The reasons that these particular laws are necessary are clear.They aim to protect the most vulnerable children in society from sexual abuse.Again, consent is a legal term, not a factual term.
Illinois has multiple laws in place to protect minors from sexual exploitation.
In Illinois, the older partner could also be required to register as sex offender.