" There is a distinct difference between when a boy or girl enters PUBERTY (the physical transition to adulthood) and ADOLESCENCE (the mental transition to adulthood).I know how much you like to see things cited, so here: According to a 2005 report on the adolescent brain from the Society for Neuroscience, "Areas involved in planning and decision-making, including the prefrontal cortex -- the cognitive or reasoning area of the brain important for controlling impulses and emotions -- appear not to have yet reached adult dimension during the early twenties...
There are quite a few threads on here concerning 'Age of Consent' laws.
I have yet to see any responses that back up what they are saying with fact and proof, and instead, it seems like everyone is basing their response on their own opinions and personal judgment.
- It is a fourth degree sexual offense (a misdemeanor, for which you can go to prison for up to 1 year and be fined up to $1,000) to have vaginal intercourse with someone who is 14 or 15, if you are at least 4 years older than the victim, but not yet 21.
- It is second degree sexual offense (a felony, for which you can go to prison for up to 20 years) to engage in a sexual act with someone under the age of 14, if you are at least 4 years older than the victim.
Under Maryland law, certain sexual behaviors are not allowed, simply based on the ages of the people involved, whether or not the people agree to the behavior.