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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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Ms Hewitt acknowledged it had been NCCL policy to cut the age of consent - although she said the proposal to do so had not been hers.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that Prof Ashton had been right to identify the problem but said that he did not believe that lowering the age of consent was the solution.
Will they get some reprieve from the courts once the government notify the age of consent to 16 years?
However, age of consent laws are usually complex and the legal age of consent listed here are higher or lower depending on certain conditions.
UNDERSTANDING THE LAWS ON AGE OF CONSENT TO SEXUAL ACTIVITY AND THE EXCEPTIONS
Meanwhile, 67 percent of over 1,000 people surveyed by the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) criticized underage marriages and called for the age of consent to be 18.
In other words, consent was accepted as an argument in favour of the paedophile, despite the legal age of consent being 16.
Upping the age of consent would lead to "a complete removal of agency from young people," says Ordonez, who believes the draft bill is based on attitudes that stereotype men as aggressors and girls as helpless, "feeble-minded" prey.
She addresses such issues as the relationship between public attitudes and understandings of the concept of "age of consent" and actual legal frameworks, the influence of understandings of childhood, youth, and adulthood on changing age of consent laws, the impact of cultural understandings of gender and gendered power relationships on the structure of the laws, the status of same-sex relationships in relation to the laws, and the relationship between the age of consent and demands by social movements for a more democratic and consensual sexual morality.
Despite his concern for the welfare of ponies, Stevenson produced no scientific studies indicating that gay marriage presents a danger to ponies, adolescent equines or mature horses well past the age of consent.
In 1997, the age of consent in all but two states ranged from 16 to 18, and 16 was the most common.
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