age of consent

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Age of Consent

The age at which people can legally have sex (i.e., sexual activity is not prohibited by statute).
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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
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For example: 7 don't really know how the law works regarding consensual underage sex ...' (P10).
Family Education Trust director Norman Wells said: "The government needs to wake up to the fact that a casual attitude towards underage sex is exposing children and young people to the risk of sexual exploitation."
Given that many researchers and healthcare providers could, intentionally or by inference, become aware of a child's sexual activity (because they lawfully asked adolescents questions about their sexual activity, identified sexually transmitted diseases, or provided HIV testing, pregnancy services or access to contraceptives) they had to decide how to respond to underage sex or sexual activity and its accompanying mandatory reporting requirements.
Teenager accused of underage sex A TEENAGER has appeared in court after allegedly having underage sex with a schoolgirl.
ANATIONALLY acclaimed headteacher who has been jailed for eight years for having underage sex with two boys could have seduced more victims, police have said.
The report further said that fellow Frenchman and Real Madrid star Karim Benzema is also charged with having underage sex with Dehar, who is now 21 years old.
He is also charged with five offences of having underage sex with the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
How can we possibly stem this tide of casual and promiscuous underage sex while brainwashing our youngsters through every magazine, soap, film and television play, portraying sex at any time with anyone as quite the norm?
It is like condoning underage sex. Rather than hand out condoms they should give them better sex education.''
A DETECTIVE who decided no action should be taken against Ian Huntley over three separate allegations of underage sex stood by his decisions today.
It should be an offence to use these hi-tech and anonymous methods to entice a minor or attempt to procure underage sex.