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Sex consultation aimed at children

SCOTLAND'S children's commissioner wants eightyear-olds to be consulted on laws dealing with underage sex. "Young people's tsar" Prof Kathleen Marshall has called on the Government to consult children under the age of 13 on whether underage sex should be treated as a criminal offence.

Earlier this year the Scottish Law Commission declared that sex between consenting children under the age of 15 should be decriminalised, effectively lowering the age of consent to 14. But the Governments wants to keep the age of consent at 16.

At present boys aged between 13 and 15 who engage in consensual sex with girls of the same age are committing an offence. The Sexual Offences Bill, which is in the process of passing through parliament, would make it a crime for girls as well, and would also criminalise sexual activity between eightto 12-yearolds.




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