Sex and Young People: What Does the Law Say

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In July the Guardian cited a Home Office report that recommended lowering the age of consent in line with lower ages of puberty. Although this report – Sexual Offences, Consent and Sentencing — was written in , and is bound up with number of concerns about the influence of Paedophile Information Exchange PIE at this time, the idea that a lower age of puberty should lead to changes in sexual consent law still lingers. Since then, society has moved on to more informed and enlightened attitudes about sex.

Most importantly, the average age of puberty and sexual arousal has fallen dramatically to around ten to In the light of new evidence, the issue should be revisited and re-examined. Despite interventions in the debate on the age of sexual consent by the president of the Faculty of Public Health , who called for a discussion about the possibility of lowering the age of consent to facilitate access to health services, the government has declined to engage in any public discussion about the issue.

In the wake of recent historic sexual abuse revelations particularly the high-profile Operation Yewtree , which have fuelled concerns about a failure to protect the young, the age of consent is a particularly emotive political and social question. The history of sexual consent legislation can provide one way into a measured discussion on this emotionally-charged issue. The age of sexual consent was set at 16 for females in — with a higher penalty for offences against girls under the age of 13 — and has remained largely unchanged for heterosexual acts ever since, despite the social and biological shifts that have occurred in the year interim.

This policy paper does not advocate either a raising or lowering of the age of sexual consent, but argues that an understanding of how and why the law came about is a crucial basis for any discussion about changing it. Overall, it demonstrates that policy makers cannot draw simplistic comparisons with the past when advocating or resisting change. An open conversation is necessary in order to acknowledge these changes and to decide which parts of the old law remain fit for purpose in a changing society.

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Essentially, forcing someone of any age to take part in any sexual act is an offence. Having sex with someone who is underage is also an offence, but there are some defences available in exceptional circumstances. Teenagers should know about laws relating to sexual assault and harassment, and that they can talk to their parents and carers if they feel an offence has been committed against them or a friend.

It is important to tell police or employers as soon as possible if you become aware of an offence. Parents and carers should also ensure that young people know they are never at fault if someone assaults them sexually or sexually harasses them, and that help is available. Being familiar with the law is an important part of keeping young people safe sexually. Parents and their teenagers should know how the law applies to them.

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If you have sex with someone underage or against their will it is a serious crime, called a sexual offence. The law sets clear age limits for having sex. The age limits are designed to protect young people from being taken advantage of by older people. There are also special rules about people responsible for young people, including teachers and youth workers. Sexting — sending SMS messages containing sexual images showing anyone aged under 18 — is an offence.

The laws about consent apply to people of all sexes, genders, and sexualities. Services Commission gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Victorian.

Deciding to have sex with someone is a big decision. If you think that you are ready to have sex, it is important that you are aware of the different laws about how old you have to be to have sex, and to understand what the law means by sex. Before you have sex, you should talk to a health professional about how to practice safe sex and to make sure you are fully aware of the risks of practising unsafe sex. It is never okay for a person to have sex with another person who is under 12 years old.

If you are aged years old, you can legally have sex with another person who is less than 2 years older than you as long as you both actively agree to it. Once you turn 16, you can legally have sex with another person who is also aged 16 years or older as long as you both actively agree to it.

Ages of consent in Oceania

The acts are listed by year and act number, and by name. You can search the acts by title or keyword using the database search option. Once accessed, the text of each individual PDF act can also be searched. The State Library holds printed copies of the acts of the Victorian Parliament. This includes current and recent acts, and acts from the 19th and early 20th century. Check the links under the ‘Available’ heading on the record for locations.

Important laws for the regulation of sexual behaviour were made in the s in had persuaded Parliament to pass the Criminal Law Amendment Act.

It is common for relationships and attractions to develop in the workplace. As an employer, it is important to ensure that these circumstances do not lead to incidents of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is any unwanted or unwelcome sexual behaviour where a reasonable person would have anticipated the possibility that the person harassed would feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. It has nothing to do with mutual attraction or consensual behaviour.

The fact that two individuals have been in a consensual sexual relationship does not mean that sexual harassment may not occur following the end of the relationship. Example: A young employee and her boss engaged in consensual sexual intercourse on four occasions. A court found some of this was welcome. However, the court also found that certain acts — including giving the woman gifts of a sexual nature, such as underwear, sending explicit text messages and attempting to share a bunk bed — was unwelcome sexual harassment.

Example: An employee in a small food company said the owner repeatedly asked her out, as well as frequently kissing her on the cheek and commenting on her looks. This could be sexual harassment. Sexual harassment in the workplace is against the law. A person who sexually harasses someone else is responsible for their behaviour.

However, employers can also be liable for the actions of their employees.

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In Victoria, an example of this is Operation Sentinel , a select group of police who have been tasked with policing breaches of mass-gathering restrictions and self-isolation orders.

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