Age of Consent

Note: My articles urging an age of consent of 14 are motivated solely by a desire to reduce the criminalisation of under-16s who have consenting relationships with other young people of similar ages.

I do not support adults having sex with children.

I do not advocate teenagers having sex before the age of 16.

But if they do have sex before their 16th birthday, they should not be arrested, given a criminal record and put on the sex offenders register.

Perhaps the ideal solution would be that the age of consent remains at 16 but that sexual behaviour involving young people under 16 should not be criminalised, providing there is informed consent, no one is harmed and there is no more than two or three years difference in their ages. This would end the criminalisation of similar-aged young people, while protecting the under-16s against sexual abuse by those much older.

I hope this reassures you – Peter Tatchell

Under-age sex: Statement of clarification

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Furore over sex abuse & consent at 13

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An age of consent of 14?

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Amnesty bid for gay sex “offenders”

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Age of Consent bill flawed

Share on...FacebookTwitterPrintemailThe bill equalising the age of consent is repressive, draconian and undermines basic human rights. Share on...FacebookTwitterPrintemail

Sex rights for the under-16s

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I’m 14, I’m gay & I want a boyfriend

Share on...FacebookTwitterPrintemailFourteen year old Lee tells about first sex, boyfriends, coming out, paedophilia, and why an age of consent of 16 won’t help under-age gays like him. Share on...FacebookTwitterPrintemail

Consent at 14

Share on...FacebookTwitterPrintemailOutRage! advocates an age of consent of 14 for everyone, both gay and straight. Share on...FacebookTwitterPrintemail

Consent at 16: protection or persecution

Share on...FacebookTwitterPrintemailYoung people under 16 have a right to make their own sexual choices without being victimised by the law. Share on...FacebookTwitterPrintemail