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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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He said: "Ireland and Malta are the only countries in Europe with an age of consent of 17.
Professor John Spencer stated on a BBC Radio Four programme that all teenagers should be free to have sex, and even argued that the current age of consent of 16 has turned half the population into criminals.
The House of Lords is firmly on collision course with the Blair Government after peers voted last night to overturn the massive Commons vote in favour of lowering the age of consent for gay men from 18 to 16.
Asked if he thought the Government could get the Bill through with the age of consent measure still in it, the Home Secretary said: "That's a matter for speculation at the moment and we'll make decisions in advance of Tuesday.
The bill also provides for lowering the age of consent for sex from 18 to 16 years.
We support the current age of consent and would strenuously oppose any attempts to see it changed.
Mr Portillo voted against the equalisation of the age of consent in 1994, but was not in Parliament for the last vote.
gay men, backed the Government move to lower the age of consent but believes Ireland could be brought into line with England, Scotland and Wales where the law applies to 16-year-olds.
But today the Bishop of Rochester Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Alicalled for MPs to think again and leave the age of consent for homosexual relationships at 18.
RAPE crisis workers yesterday hit out at plans to reduce the age of consent.
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.
Now "dual criminality" will mean anyone who has sex with anyone under 16 will face prosecution, even if the age of consent in the country is lower than that of Scotland.