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While the general age of consent is now set between 16 and 18 in all U. states, the age of consent has widely varied across the country in the past.

In 1880, the age of consent was set at 10 or 12 in most states, with the exception of Delaware where it was 7.

Voluntary sexual activity with someone younger than 17 is not “consensual” sexual activity as far as Illinois law is concerned.If the offender is a guardian, adoptive parent or grandparent, stepparent, child care worker for the minor, or military recruiter attempting to enlist the minor, the age of consent rises to age 18.Defenses exist of the offender had reasonably believed the victim to be over age 16, or if offender and victim were less than 4 years apart and were in an ongoing relationship. A close in age exemption, also known as "Romeo and Juliet law", is designed to prevent the prosecution of underage couples who engage in consensual sex when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both are below the age of consent.Research on age difference in couples suggests that while the desired gap for men and women is around 13-14 years on average (10-15 years), as specified in their partner preferences on online dating sites, in reality long-term pairs only have 3-4 years disparity.The research data may be surprising, but it makes sense.