Allegations against Staff or Volunteers. Child Sexual Exploitation. Many young people will develop a healthy and developmentally appropriate interest in sexual relationships whilst they are still children and some will do this before they reach the age of consent. The legal age for young people to consent to have sex is still 16, whether they are straight, gay or bisexual. The aim of the law is to protect the rights and interests of young people, and make it easier to prosecute people who pressure or force others into having sex they don't want. For the purposes of the under 13 offences, whether the child consented to the relevant risk is irrelevant.
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What does it mean to consent to sexual activity? To consent to sexual activity means to agree freely. The law requires that a person take reasonable steps to find out whether the other person is consenting. What is the age of consent to sexual activity? The age of consent in Canada is 16 years.
2.18 Sexually active children and young people (including under-age sexual activity)
Whether you have a son or daughter, or both, the topic of underage sex can be an extremely difficult one in which parents and their children often have conflicting views. Some parents take the view that they would rather their child was having sex under their roof, rather than sneaking off and having sex elsewhere, but views differ enormously. This article does not seek to persuade parents either way, but it points out the law in relation to underage sex so that parents have a sound understanding of the potential penalties involved.
For youth under 18 years old, taking and sharing sexual images can also be against the law, even if the youth agrees to have the images shared with others or if the images are of yourself see more information below. If someone has shared an image of you online without your permission, see below for information about who you can talk to and what you can do. Is sexting illegal? Get more help and information.