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age of consent

(in medical jurisprudence) the age at which an individual is legally free to act as an adult, without parental permission for activities such as marrying, having sexual intercourse, or giving permission for medical treatment or surgery. The specific age of consent varies from 13 to 21, according to local laws.

Age of Consent

The age at which people can legally have sex (i.e., sexual activity is not prohibited by statute).

age of consent

The age at which a minor may legally engage in voluntary sexual intercourse or no longer requires parental consent for marriage. It varies among states but is usually between ages 13 and 18.
See also: age

age of consent

adults (i.e. 18 years of age in UK, 21 years in other countries, e.g. USA) can give informed consent to a procedure or intervention (see consent); patients aged 16-18 years are considered able to give consent even though they have not reached their age of majority; consent in patients of <16 years of age is normally given by the parent or carer, in consultation with the patient
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Underage sex is a crime and you will be punished for it, the police will be involved and your parents informed.
The Prime Minister wants parents, teachers, youth workers and youngsters to help persaude young women not to have underage sex.
It concluded Mr Westwood should take "personal responsibility" for mistakes that meant that although Huntley had been accused of four rapes an indecent assault and four incidents of underage sex, none of these came to light until after his conviction for murder.
You have to establish what you think is worse: teenagers having underage sex or an unwanted child.
Facing pressure from her peers, she has underage sex and finds out she is not quite ready for the adult world.
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Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to seven years in prison for paying for underage sex with the former teenage nightclub dancer Karima el-Mahroug.
The second was made "uncomfortable" on another shift when Beare discussed underage sex with girls and questioned whether it was really bad.
SOCIAL workers and teachers will be told they no longer have to report underage sex to police - to avoid embarrassing the kids, it emerged yesterday.
In a society where underage sex and foul language are more prevalent than ever, it may seem unnecessary to reduce kiss scenes to a peck on the cheek.
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