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
Adults should not have sex with children. I do not advocate paedophilia
Uk law criminalises more than half of all young people
Reform the prosecution of child abuse allegations?
Sexual human rights for the under-16s
Like it or not, people under the age of 16 have sex. The current age of consent doesn’t protect them, it persecutes them.
The criminalisation of teen sex inhibits advice and protection
Empowering young people is the best protection against abuse
Homophobic bias of the Sex Offenders Register challenged
The bill equalising the age of consent is repressive, draconian and undermines basic human rights.
Young people under 16 have sexual rights too.
Fourteen 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.
OutRage! advocates an age of consent of 14 for everyone, both gay and straight.
Young people under 16 have a right to make their own sexual choices without being victimised by the law.