Even some minor drug possession charges that may have been overlooked at 17 can lead to some jail time at 18.
All cases of statutory rape involve consenting sexual partners.
What makes the act illegal is when one sex partner is legally not of age to consent to having sex with an older partner.
17 You are considered a minor (someone who is not an adult) if you are under 18 years old. 14.“Parental Involvement in Minors’ Abortions,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 15.“Counseling and Waiting Periods for Abortions,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 16.“State Funding of Abortions Under Medicaid,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute.
This is a legal status that lawmakers created for your protection.
At 15, intimacy would clearly be considered illegal.