The age of consent is sixteen in most relationships (except where one party is in a position of authority over the younger party). With parental consent, parties can marry at a younger age and younger parties may receive a license by reason of special circumstances. Parties can marry at a younger age, but with both parental and judicial consent. With parental consent, parties can marry at age seventeen with the exception that if one party does not have a parent who resides in the state and one party has been a resident in Oregon for at least six months, then no permission is necessary.
(3) "Sexual contact" means any contact with the intimate parts of a person not married to the actor for the purpose of sexual gratification of the actor or for the purpose of degrading or humiliating such person or any contact of the intimate parts of the actor with a person not married to the actor for the purpose of sexual gratification of the actor or for the purpose of degrading or humiliating such person.
(6) "Physically helpless" means that a person is unconscious or for any other reason is physically unable to communicate unwillingness to an act.
(7) "Use of force" means: (A) Use of a dangerous instrument; or (B) use of actual physical force or violence or superior physical strength against the victim.
Connecticut has a close-in-age exemption, also known as a "Romeo and Juliet law", to the legal age of consent.
This provision allows partners who are close in age, or both under the Connecticut age of consent, to engage in consensual sex without fear of prosecution under Connecticut age of consent regulations.