When is dating someone illegal?

When is dating someone illegal?

Esmeralda Villa, reporter

In Illinois, the age consent is 17. Most students in Morton East High School have dated someone younger and older, but only a few have dated people out of school.

According to Legal Match, for people 18 or over, it is illegal for them to commit acts of a sexual nature on persons who are under the age of 18 if they are in a position of authority or trust over the victim.

Unfortunately, as stated by Morton students for the Morton Pony Express News, dating older people by even a few years of difference can be very toxic and manipulative. Regarding the same issues when dating someone younger, maturity levels and expectations are very different. At the end of the day, these type of relationships may work and perhaps it’s society reflecting a stereotype within big age gaps.

If you have ever fallen in love, you know that you don’t choose who you fall in love with – the heart wants what the heart wants.