In criminal law , the age of consent AOC is the age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any legal contract or behavior regulated by law, including sexual acts with another person. In most jurisdictions, the Age of Consent is violated when an adult has intercourse with an individual who has not reached that jurisdiction's AOC. In other jurisdictions, the AOC is a minimum age for any type of sexual conduct, and two minor participants can violate a jurisdiction's AOC. The crime and penalties for an AOC violation varies based on jurisdiction, the age of the older actor and the difference between the two actors.
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The age of consent is the age that a person can legally agree to have sex. A person over the age of consent who has sex with someone under the age of consent can be charged with a crime for having sex with the younger person, regardless of whether or not the younger person agrees to have sex. The age of consent varies between states and countries. In some states, laws are different depending on the gender of the people involved.
Ages of consent in Europe
Thank you for signing up. Sorry, it looks like an error occurred. France announced earlier this month it would make the age of sexual consent 15 after public outcry over two cases of sex involving year-old girls. The University of Melbourne's Jeremy Gans told SBS News there was "massive variation" in ages of consent around the world, while many countries do not even have an age of consent. Mr Gans said if " a country allows young children to marry, then they're not going to prosecute sex within that marriage".
A day after the House of Commons refused to make sex between men legal at the age of 16, which is the age of consent for heterosexual and lesbian sex, supporters of equal rights for homosexuals vowed today to step up protests against what they called blatant discrimination. The age of consent for sex between men had been On Monday night the House of Commons voted to against reducing the age of consent to 16, then voted to in favor of a compromise, setting the age at But the compromise did little to mollify thousands of angry demonstrators who chanted slogans outside of Parliament late into Monday night.