age of consent

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Age of Consent

The age at which a person may marry without parental approval. The age at which a female is legally capable of agreeing to sexual intercourse, so that a male who engages in sex with her cannot be prosecuted for Statutory Rape.

A person below the age of consent is sometimes called an infant or minor.

age of consent

n. (See: legal age, majority)

age of consent

see MAJORITY.
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Recommended lowering of age of consent for sex from 18 to 16 years Suggested that stalking be made a non- bailable offence while first offence of voyeurism could be kept as bailable Decided to retain the term " rape" instead of " sexual assault" and treat it as gender- specific
Nevertheless, there is evidence that the vast majority of Canadians favour stricter laws regarding child pornography and endorse raising the age of consent for sex.
I can't believe that lowering the age of consent for sex is a topic up for debate on BBC radio tomorrow.
CHANNEL 4 is to suggest that the age of consent for sex be lowered to 14.