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SEX AND THE LAW

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 states that it is a criminal offence for any kind of sexual activity to take place between two people when one or both participants are under the age of 16.

The law applies to men and women, whether they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or straight.

The age of consent rises to 18 for someone who is in a position of responsibility over a young person. For example, if that person works in the same school, college or youth setting as the younger person.


HOWEVER:
The government have stressed that the law is there to protect vulnerable young people from abuse by adult sexual predators, and will not be used to criminalise consensual sexual activity between young people of a similar age.

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