The age of consent is the age at which a young person can legally agree to sexual activity. Age of consent laws apply to all forms of sexual activity, ranging from kissing and fondling to sexual intercourse. The age of consent to sexual activity is 16 years. In some cases, the age of consent is higher for example, when there is a relationship of trust, authority or dependency. In other words, a person must be at least 16 years old to be able to legally agree to sexual activity. A 14 or 15 year old can consent to sexual activity as long as the partner is less than five years older and there is no relationship of trust, authority or dependency or any other exploitation of the young person.
Age of Consent to Sexual Activity
Canadian Law and Youth Age of Consent to Sexual Activity
What does it mean to consent to sexual activity? To consent to sexual activity means to agree freely. The law requires that a person take reasonable steps to find out whether the other person is consenting. What is the age of consent to sexual activity? The age of consent in Canada is 16 years.
Embracing Teenage Sexuality: Let's Rethink the Age of Consent
At the opening of America's iconic albeit controversial romance epic, Gone With the Wind , year-old Scarlett O'Hara fends off flirtatious propositions from the year-old Tarleton twins -- a moment rendered indelible in the subsequent film by the gifted actors Fred Crane and George Reeves. I suspect few of the countless high school students who read this novel each year reflect on the morality of the age difference between Scarlett and her suitors. The stark reality is that a consensual sexual relationship between a year-old and a year-old is a prison offense in many states, including New York and California.
By Georgia Graham , Political Correspondent. Patricia Hewitt was forced to apologise after it was revealed that she had called for the age of sexual consent to be lowered to ten. The document, which relates to an NCCL report on sexual law reformed continues: "The report argues that the crime of incest should be abolished. As Tories stumble, Labour quietly prepares for office.