The following information is provided by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families. For more information go to www.children.ga.gov or call 404-656-5600.

Hooking up? (back to top)

• In Georgia, the age of consent is 16. That means that both partners
  must be at least 16 to do anything physically intimate or “messing

• Believing that your partner is 16 doesn’t count – no matter how old
  they act or look.

• Taking inappropriate pictures or movies of yourself or others and
  sending them to friends on their cell phones or posting them on line
  can be a serious crime.

• Sending sex related emails, text messages, or voice mails to a   person under 18 is illegal and you may be prosecuted.

• If you’re texting a boyfriend or girlfriend in another state or chatting
  on a social networking site, beware that other states may have even
  stricter laws.

• Consider this…
            When the teen is under 16 or if the photos are extremely
            explicit and are distributed, the District Attorney can charge             offenders with a felony carrying a significant prison sentence
            of up to 20 years. OCGASS 16-12-100,100.2

What if…? (back to top)

• I’m 13 and my boyfriend is 17 and we have intercourse?

A. The 17-year-old could be charged with Felony Statutory Rape.

• I’m 14 and my boyfriend is 17 and we have intercourse?

A. The 17-year-old could be charged with Misdemeanor Statutory
    Rape due to the Romeo and Juliet provision.

• I’m 19 and my girlfriend is 15 and we have oral sex?

A. The 19-year-old could be charged with Felony Aggravated
    Child Molestation.

• I’m 17 and my boyfriend (who is also 17) likes to text me sexually
  explicit pictures of himself?

A. He could be charged with Felony Child Sexual Exploitation.

• I’m 18 and convince my 16-year-old girlfriend to skip school with me
  or run away from home?

A. The 18-year-old could be charged with Contributing to the     Unruliness of a Minor. OCGAS 16-12-1.