However, according to Child Welfare, a parent can be accused of "neglect" if the dating relationship their child maintains puts his or her well-being at risk.
While no age limit exists on dating, every state has an "age of consent" regarding when a minor can legally engage in consensual sexual relations with someone older.
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The State of Ohio does not have any specific laws that address the general dating relationships of consenting adults.
Likewise, the state doesn't formally define dating nor any form of courtship aside from the union of marriage between a man and a woman.
Legislation does exist regarding appropriate and inappropriate physical affection between adults and minors, as well as the sexual activity of minors that may take place in a dating relationship.
Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults, and the media.
Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance – United States, 2015.
The 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey [2.77 MB,180 Pages, 508] found that nearly 12% of high school females reported physical violence and nearly 16% reported sexual violence from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.
Dating abuse is a widespread problem -- nationally, up to 40 percent of teens have been in abusive relationships and of those that have, 43 percent experienced abuse while at school.
Several states now require school districts to adopt policies on dating abuse among students, which include providing dating abuse education to students and/or protecting targets of dating abuse while they are on campus.