Age of Consent

Jeremy Corbyn Is Wrong on the Sex Industry, But Labour Needs to Reform the Laws on Sexual Offences

David Lindsay | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK Politics
David Lindsay

I am a supporter of the Leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. He has brought world class economists into the British political debate for the first time in 35 years. He has broken the hegemony of neoconservative foreign policy. He has forced the media to admit the existence of the strong left-wing critique of the European Union. But, just as I favour withdrawal from the EU at this stage rather than once Corbyn's proposals for a Social Europe had been rejected, so I also disagree profoundly with him about the sex industry.

First Time

Sally Fraser | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sally Fraser

Maybe I hadn't been the incredibly mature and sophisticated young woman who had attracted an older man. Maybe this wasn't a romantic tale of sexual awakening and empowerment at all. I started desperately trying to sort through my memories. Listening to his friend get angry with him and talking about statutory rape, and not knowing what that meant.

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Get Your Knickers in a Knot About Underage Sex

Suzi Godson | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Trouble is, one third of the population have already had sex before they reach the age of 16. Results from the latest National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL 2013) show that 31% of men and 29% of women had their first sexual experience before the age of 16.

Paedophile Has Conviction Overturned Because Girl, 11, Was 'In Love', Court Rules

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A 60-year-old man caught having sex with an 11-year-old girl has had his conviction overturned by an Italian high court because the pair were in a lov...

Pushed Towards Porn?

Anastasia de Waal | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
Anastasia de Waal

The relationship between sex and reproduction, and respect for one's body and for consent, cannot reasonably be considered contentious topics and therefore avoided. What is more, we're hearing from charities like TeenBoundaries, whose work strives to plug the current gaps in sex education, that a lack of basic information on sex is sending young people to pornography for the answers.

Altering the Age of Consent Will Change Little

Danielle Lowe | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Recently the debate about the age of consent has flared up in the United Kingdom again. Is 16 the right age or does it do harm to children and adults alike? An argument that I haven't seen raised very often, but one that I have believed in for a long time points out that the age of consent is a much more complex issue.

Consent At 14, Says Tatchell

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK

The age of consent should be lowered to 14, an equal rights campaigner has suggested. Peter Tatchell hit out at the "depressing reaction" to a rece...

British Muslims Should Stand Up And Say It: There Is Nothing Islamic About Child Marriage

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

For adult men to try to marry young girls is illegal and immoral. But British Muslims have a special responsibility: to make the case that there is nothing Islamic about underage marriage, either.

Let's Raise the Age Of Consent to 35

Sal Thomas | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Sal Thomas

Ashton argues that almost a third of under-16s have already had intercourse, so lowering the limit will send a clear message to 14s and under that they absolutely cannot have sex for another 12 months. But where does it end? Over a third of under-16s have tried booze, but that doesn't mean we should let them into pubs. For a start they can't afford to buy a round, the free-loading bastards.

The Age of Consent - I Welcome Cross-Party Support to Keep It at 16

Simon Blake | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

I was very interested at the range of responses and I was particularly pleased that a cross-party consensus emerged from the debate to keep the age of consent at 16. That reflects the broad consensus that exists in the country: the age of consent is a good indicator of the age at which we think people will be mature enough to enjoy and take responsibility for their sexual decisions.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Dave Doesn't Consent

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 17 November 2013... 1) DAVE DOESN'T CONSENT After he went to war with his party activists over same-s...

Barrister Stands By Call For Age Of Consent To Be 13

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK

A barrister who called for the age of consent to be lowered and criticised the Jimmy Savile investigation says she does not regret the outrage she spa...

Barrister Claims Support 'Flooding In' After Calling For Age Of Consent To Be 13

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK

A barrister whose controversial views on child sex abuse sparked fury says support for her has been "flooding in". Barbara Hewson was castigated af...

'Witch Hunt' or Justice for Victims?

Jon Brown | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK
Jon Brown

If someone committed a crime against you should they be let off if it had happened a long time ago? Or would you still want to see justice done, no matter how much time had passed? Well today there has been a lot of debate about comments by a leading lawyer who described the investigation of historical sexual offences under Operation Yewtree as the 'witch-hunting of ageing celebs'.

Barrister 'Threatened With Rape' After Controversial Article

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK

A barrister who sparked fury by claiming for the age of consent to be lowered to 13 says she has received threats online. Human rights lawyer Barba...

Sexual Age Of Consent Will Not Be Lowered To 14

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK

David Cameron has rejected an "offensive" suggestion by officials that the age of sexual consent might be reduced to 14. The change was among ideas...

We Need to Talk About Teenage Sexuality

Nikki McWatters | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nikki McWatters

With age and hindsight I can see the folly of my ways as a teenage girl but I was not a victim. I was playing with fire. I don't suggest that this is a common experience, but it was mine. I am not a rape apologist and do not condone child sexual abuse.