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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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Ms Hewitt's was the only name reportedly on the press release publicising the NCCL's call for a reduction in the age of consent.
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.
However, I do believe a distinction must be made between a person who is within weeks of the legal age of consent and an innocent child.
They contended that since the age of marriage is 18 years, the age of consent should be the same.
It took the horrible Delhi gang rape case of 2012 and a few women activists that the UPA government changed its stand and now wants the age of consent to be 16 years.
Ex-Tory minister Edwina Currie recently claimed Morrison had sex with 16-year-old boys when the age of consent was 21.
Now a new generation of children is prey to predatory paedophiles due to the age of consent being lowered to 16 years for heterosexual and homosexual sex, with pressure to further lower the age to 14 years.
BRONSKI BEAT The Age Of Consent (Edsel) BRONSKI Beat was formed in London in 1983 by Steve Bronski, Larry Steinbachek and and Jimmy Somerville .
It further said that provisions related to age of consent should be deleted in the interest of the children.
The laws regarding age of consent to sexual activity are designed to protect youth from exploitive situations involving older people.