Wednesday 13 December 2017

Lowering the unrealistic age of consent will help teens

Encouraging young people to stand up for their sexual rights will make them more confident and
less likely to be victims of sexual exploitation
Encouraging young people to stand up for their sexual rights will make them more confident and less likely to be victims of sexual exploitation

Peter Tatchell

The time has come for a calm, rational debate about the age of consent. It should be premised on four aims. First, protecting young people against sex abuse. Second, empowering them to make wise, responsible sexual choices. Third, removing the legal obstacles to earlier, more effective sex education. Fourth, ensuring better contraception and condom provision to prevent unwanted pregnancies and abortions and to cut the spread of sexual infections like HIV.

This much-needed debate is not helped by Kevin Myers's comments (Time to speak out about the hypocrisy of gay 'freedoms', February 28).

He claimed that I "recently" advocated sexual rights for the under-16s. In fact, I first proposed this idea in 1996.

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