age of consent


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age of consent

The age at which a person is legally able to give consent, as to sexual relations, marriage, or a binding contract. Some people advocate lowering the age of consent, but some worry it will cause an increase in promiscuity among young people.
See also: age, consent, of
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class="MsoNormal"You will actually note that even the articles against the lower age of consent that we published were not as many as the complainant's letter may seem to suggest.
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.
He added: "I would like to ask Mr Cameron, what is the government proposing to do?" Wavertree MP Luciana Berger said Labour would be against a move to lower the age of consent along the lines proposed by Prof Ashton.
Prof Ashton's intervention comes against a backdrop of official figures which suggest that up to a third of teenagers have sex before the present age of consent of 16.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Samajwadi party (SP) and other political parties demanded that the age of consent for sex be 18 years and not 16 as envisaged in the Ordinance.
Even as the clamour against the lowering of the age of consent is growing, the caste panchayats in Haryana have again sought the government to consider lowering the age of marriage for girls to 16.
Less than a year ago, the UPA government had notified 18 years as age of consent for sex after deliberating on the issue for years.
Ex-Tory minister Edwina Currie recently claimed Morrison had sex with 16-year-old boys when the age of consent was 21.
BRONSKI BEAT The Age Of Consent (Edsel) BRONSKI Beat was formed in London in 1983 by Steve Bronski, Larry Steinbachek and and Jimmy Somerville .
She said that many jurisdiction across the world have made allowances regarding age of consent in cases where there is not much difference between the age of older partner and that of the minor engaged in sexual act.
The laws regarding age of consent to sexual activity are designed to protect youth from exploitive situations involving older people.
The age of consent was a controversial issue during recent discussions held at the Shoura Council.
Although the pupils are said to be above the age of consent, it is a criminal offence for a person "to engage in any sexual activity with a person aged under 18 with whom they have a relationship of trust, irrespective of the age of consent".