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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Young people Mr Andrews denied lowering the age of consent would encourage teens to have sex.
The proposition that the age of consent should be lowered is appalling," the Sun quoted former Tory Home Office minister Ann Widdecombe as saying.
At a news conference yesterday, she spoke about what she believed was a fast-growing widespread support from the public, religious organisations, MPs and the House of Lords to block the lowering of the age of consent to 16.
Former Tory Cabinet Minister Baroness Young, with cross-party backing, spearheaded the move to vote down equalising the age of consent.
I personally feel very strongly committed to reducing the age of consent and we're consulting widely in the House of Commons and the House of Lords about the approach we should take next Tuesday when the matter comes back.
But personally, I feel that lowering of the age of consent is not right.
Instead he refers to the question of the boy giving his consent but ignores that the teenager was below the age of consent.
The show called Age Of Consent is part of a new season of programmes devoted to sexuality among teenagers.
Since then, he has revealed that he had "some homosexual experiences" as a student, when he was himself under the then age of consent of 21, but stressed that this side of his life was a thing of the past.
For the rest of Britain, the age of consent has been lowered to 16.
MPs look set to vote tomorrow by a large majority to reduce the age of consent for gay men to 16 years of age.
Now that my membership in the youth culture drifts hazily in dim memory and my own children are sailing more or less smoothly past the age of consent, the halls of ivy are issuing a siren's song I find hard to resist.