What Constitutes Sex

Massachusetts

What constitutes sex. My Girlfriend is 13 and I am 16 and I know in the state of massachusetts it is illegal for us to have sex and I could get in trouble if I were to have sex with her. But my question is, what is considered to be sex and at what point can I get in trouble and also, is touching each other with our hands considered sex

You are showing a certain level of maturity in asking these questions. My hope is that you will demonstrate the same level of maturity in your decisions regarding this matter after receiving this information.

Any sexual conduct with a child age 13 a very serious matter in Massechusetts whether you are a minor or an adult. The sexual urges of teens and the desires to explore those urges are understood by most adults as a part of growning up; however, another even more important part of growing up is learning to control our urges and act responsibly with regard to morality and the laws where we live.

At 16, you could find yourself in very serious trouble legally, putting your freedom and future at risk if you continue down this path with the 13 year old.

The law is specific and defines "Sexual Conduct" as follows

Massachusetts: CHAPTER 272. CRIMES AGAINST CHASTITY, MORALITY, DECENCY AND GOOD ORDER

Chapter 272: Section 31. Definitions

“Sexual conduct”, human masturbation, sexual intercourse, actual or simulated, normal or perverted, any lewd exhibitions of the genitals, flagellation or torture in the context of a sexual relationship, any lewd touching of the genitals, pubic areas, or buttocks of the human male or female, or the breasts of the female, whether alone or between members of the same or opposite sex or between humans and animals, and any depiction or representation of excretory functions in the context of a sexual relationship. Sexual intercourse is simulated when it depicts explicit sexual intercourse which gives the appearance of the consummation of sexual intercourse, normal or perverted.


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