The federal government also has age limits, such as those related to labor regulations (the Fair Labor Standards Act prohibits children under 14 from being employed, for example). The age of majority -- the age at which individuals are considered adults under the law -- is 18 in most states (others are either 19 or 21).
Anyone who has reached the age of majority is liable for most of his or her actions, whereas a "minor" is the legal responsibility of parents or legal guardians. According to the statute, any individual 18 and older: Pennsylvania's legal ages laws specify that minors may be represented by a guardian, guardian ad litem, or next friend (a "next friend" is someone acting on behalf of the minor without formal appointment).
Also, Pennsylvania children 14 and older may provide consent for any mental health treatment, including prescription drugs.
While statute doesn't specifically address emancipation, state agencies have the authority to determine whether a minor should be emancipated (while marriage, military service, and other actions automatically result in emancipation).
Rape includes a sexual intercourse (including genital or anal penetration, however slight) with a minor who is younger than 13 years old. Penalties include a fine of up to $25,000, up to 20 years in prison, or both.