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Age difference

Your Question

can a 17 year old date a 23 year old?


Hello there!
Thanks for reaching out with your question. It’s really important to feel comfortable seeking advice when it comes to relationships. We’re here to support you.
While it’s not against the law for a 17-year-old to date a 23-year-old, there are some important things to consider about the age gap and maturity levels. At 17, you’re still growing and figuring out who you are, while a 23-year-old might be in a very different place in their life. This difference can sometimes lead to power imbalances in the relationship.
It’s crucial to ensure that you never feel pressured to do things you’re not ready for. Sometimes, older partners might unintentionally expect more than you’re comfortable with, which can lead to uncomfortable situations. Always prioritise your own feelings and boundaries in any relationship. You may find this website helpful
If you ever feel uncertain or pressured, it’s important to talk to someone you trust. If you feel you can’t talk to somebody you know just yet, you can always call the Childline Team. We are open 24 hours a day, every day. You can contact us for free at 1800 66 66 66, or by Messenger at (just click on the purple chat icon).
Our service is non-judgmental and confidential. You are never alone; we are here for you to support you and explore your options with you. Take care and don’t hesitate to reach out whenever you need to talk.
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