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age of consent,

the age at which, according to the law, persons are bound by their words and acts. There are different ages at which one acquires legal capacity to consent to marriage, to choose a guardian, to conclude a contract, and the like. For marriage, the age may be higher for males than for females if the jurisdiction does not guarantee equal rights to men and women. Age of consent also means the age below which consent of the female to sexual intercourse is not a defense to a charge of raperape,
in law, the crime of sexual intercourse without the consent of the victim, often through force or threat of violence. The victim is deemed legally incapable of consenting if she or he is known to be mentally incompetent, intoxicated, drugged, or below the age of consent at
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. Under common law this age was 10; state statutes in the United States generally set it between 13 and 18. See also consentconsent,
in law, active acquiescence or silent compliance by a person legally capable of consenting (see age of consent). It may be evidenced by words or acts or by silence when silence implies concurrence.
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THE age of consent for sex should be lowered to 13 years old in a bid to end the "persecution of old men" in the wake of the Savile sex abuse scandal, a leading barrister has argued.
New Delhi, Mar 18 ( ANI ): The all-party meeting on the proposed Criminal Law Amendment Bill on strengthening anti-rape laws has ended with a broad consensus, with leaders expressing reservations on the age of consent for sex and demanding safeguards against misuse of the proposed law.
The legal age of consent for sex in Mississippi is 16 or 18 if the other person is in a position of authority or trust.
18 ( ANI ): The Union Cabinet on Monday approved the amendments to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 keeping the age of consent for sex to 18 instead of 16.
TEENAGERS will be asked what they think the age of consent for sex should be, it was announced yesterday.
The Khap is against the decision to lower age of consent for sex.